Research Associate I, AIDS & Cancer Virus Program’s HIV Molecular Monitoring Core (NCI) - Frederick, MD | Biospace
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Research Associate I, AIDS & Cancer Virus Program’s HIV Molecular Monitoring Core (NCI)

Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

Frederick, MD
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that pursues basic and applied studies aimed at improving our understanding of AIDS-associated viruses and disease, including studies intended to facilitate the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS, and AIDS related tumors, particularly those associated with other viruses such as KSHV. The Program consists of five independent but highly interactive research Sections headed by Principal Investigators, whose work spans from fundamental molecular virology through in vitro studies, to in vivo studies in non-human primate (NHP) models, to international viral epidemiology.  The ACVP also has eight Research Support Core Groups (Cores) that provide critical and often unique technical support capabilities to ACVP and other laboratories within the NCI and NIH and to extramural investigators.

The Research Associate I will be primarily responsible for:
Performing assays and managing data to measure levels of specific gene sequences in test samples derived from a variety of specimen types
To characterize the gene sequences by sequence analysis derived from subpopulations of the same
Quantitative nucleic acid amplification methods to determine HIV-1 and other retrovirus loads in plasma and cells from human and non-human primate samples
Contribution to the development of new assays and to the evaluation and development of novel or new technologies with the intent to expand the technical repertoire of the testing lab and/or to improve overall laboratory productivity and cost effectiveness


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a relevant field (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).
Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
A minimum of two (2) years of experience in molecular biology methods.
Excellent mathematical skills
Meticulous approach to laboratory experimentation and documentation
Accurate record keeping
Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
Experience with extraction and manipulation of RNA
Enzymatic amplification of nucleic acids and sequence analysis
Experience and training in the safe handling of blood-borne pathogens