Scientist (NCI)

Frederick, Maryland
Jan 05, 2018
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


The Strategic Scientific Initiatives and Partnerships Office is responsible for the development and management of a portfolio of exploratory projects that are inherently multidisciplinary that impact cancer research and treatment.  One of the goals is to analyze the complex interactions in tumor cells and tissues and model systems, blending the best of new physics and engineering based advances with established technologies enabling new opportunities for deeper understanding of tumor biology and cancer progression.  Using the latest tools in understanding human performance under stressful conditions can be used to understand and hopefully mitigate the toxic effects of cancer therapy for the patient.



The Scientist I will support a newly established High Content Tissue and Cellular Characterization Lab at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The new facility will revolve around single cell analysis of circulating tumor cells utilizing a high-definition imaging system.


The successful candidate will be taking on a pivotal role in the set up and running of the new facility.  Subsequent to training, the Scientist I will be expected to be skilled in single cell image analysis, and to further develop and implement this technology in different applications.


The Scientist I will be responsible for:


  • Setting up and technically validating a single cell analysis laboratory at FNLCR
  • The daily management and operation of the instrumentation
  • Establishing standardized operating procedures (SOP)
  • Assisting scientists in experimental design and setup
  • Data analysis




To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

Possession of a PhD degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Biomedical Science, Physical Science, Engineering, Health Care Informatics or related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education)

Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency

No experience required beyond the Doctorate degree requirements

Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance



Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

Expertise in handling and analyzing large data sets including imaging data, genomic, and digital histopathology

Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Excel

Familiar with usage of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

Expected Competencies:

Experience in microscopy and image acquisition/analysis

Proficient with cell culture techniques

Experience with antibody assay development.

Experience with handling human blood samples.

Demonstrated ability to learn new techniques and troubleshoot assays