Research Technician, Atomic Force Microscopy

Location
Frederick, MD, USA
Posted
Nov 12, 2018
Ref
req164
Hotbed
BioCapital
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Cancer Research Technology Program (CRTP) develops and implements emerging technology, cancer biology expertise and research capabilities to accomplish NCI research objectives. The CRTP is an outward-facing, multi-disciplinary hub purposed to enable the external cancer research community and provides dedicated support to NCI's intramural Center for Cancer Research (CCR). The dedicated units provide electron microscopy, protein characterization, protein expression, optical microscopy and genetics. These research efforts are an integral part of CCR at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR). CRTP scientists also work collaboratively with intramural NCI investigators to provide research technologies and expertise.

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES- THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING APPROVAL

The Research Technician will support Optical Microscopy and Analysis Laboratory (OMAL) and collaborating scientists in the CCR by:
  • Providing sample preparation expertise for biological Atomic Force Microscopy, acquiring images with the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and interpreting and quantitatively analyzing images and force data
  • Training AFM users in the aforementioned tasks
  • Maintaining the AFM
  • Performing fluorescence microscopy
  • Assisting in determining new microscopy, sample preparation techniques, and image analysis methods to introduce to OMAL
  • Representing OMAL at meetings and events at the NCI in Frederick and Bethesda
  • Keeping OMAL in compliance with Institutional, State and Federal regulations

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor's degree. from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the natural sciences. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • No experience is required beyond the educational requirements
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Computer programming
  • Image analysis
  • Thorough understanding of the principals of and expertise in biological atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy including fluorescence microscopy
  • Hands on experience in using microscopy, cell and molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)