Research Technician (NCI) - Frederick, MD | Biospace
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Research Technician (NCI)

Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

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Location:
Frederick, MD
Posted Date:
5/8/2017
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
637149
Salary:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The In Vivo Evaluation Group, Biological Testing Branch (BTB), Developmental Therapeutics Program (DTP) is establishing both in vitro and in vivo tumor lines from patient biopsies and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) clinical center and various comprehensive cancer centers across the United States with the goal of distributing well validated tumor tissue and in vitro cell cultures as well as DNA, RNA, and protein extracts to researchers worldwide. The group also supports evaluation of samples in various animal models to identify drugs with potential therapeutic value.

JOB DESCRIPTION/BASIC FUNCTION
The Research Technician will be responsible for:
The isolation of patient derived cell lines from patient tumor samples (e.g., biopsies, tumor resections, ctcs)
Routine cell culture tasks including cell line maintenance, preparation of large batches of cells (25-150 flask harvests) for drug studies or cryopreservation, growth of cells on a variety of supports
Preparation of medias and additives
Maintenance of proper records, as each patient derived cell mixture/clone/line will be passaged and expanded multiple times with the intent of delivering carefully documented samples to researchers worldwide
Assist in completing other routine tasks as needed (e.g., label preparation, shipping samples, stocking the lab, etc.).
All work will be conducted under strict BSL2 safety conditions
Work is checked periodically for proper technique
Normal working hours are 8:00AM to 4:30 PM Monday – Friday, however, flexibility is required as patient samples that arrive late must be processed and cells may require attention on weekends/holidays
Routine duties are performed independently and are subject to standard quality control checks.
This is not a shower-in facility, but stringent entry/exit procedures are in place and must be followed.

Requirements

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
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 field related to biomedical research (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education)
Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
No experience required with degree
Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office
Organizational skills and database management skills
Ability to maintain precise records
Ability to be flexible to meet changing needs
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Good written and verbal communication skills
Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
Knowledge of sterile techniques
Eukaryotic tissue culture skills