Research Technician - Next Generation Sequencing Facility

Frederick, MD, USA
Dec 28, 2018
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.


Research Technician

The Sequencing Facility is a high throughput laboratory providing cutting edge next generation technologies to the National Cancer Institute.

The Research Technician will be responsible for:
  • Assisting with Next Generation (NGS) Sequencing for the core facility. Current platforms include the Illumina HiSeq, NextSeq, MiSeq, PacBio, and additional platforms in the future
  • Responsible for all ongoing daily activities including sequencer set up, maintenance of equipment, freezer management, use of established protocols, sample quality control and troubleshooting of problems with direct coordination of the supervisor
  • Requires adherence to strict safety protocols and may require the use of personal protective equipment

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No experience required with the Bachelor's degree
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • Molecular biology experience with NGS, sample and library quality control, and sequencing machine set up
  • Proficiency utilizing onboard sequencer set up, core or service facility experience and the ability to use Agilent bioanalyzer and other sample QC instruments
  • Experience with multiple next generation sequencing technologies including Illumina NextSeq or HiSeq

Expected Competencies:
  • Experience with basic molecular biology techniques and working knowledge of basic computer skills: Microsoft Office, especially Excel. The ideal candidate must have the ability to organize, track and utilize reagents and samples for high-throughput analysis in support of genomic studies and in DNA sequencing, data review and stringent record keeping.