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Research Technician

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Sep 6, 2022

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Regulatory, Research/Documentation, Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

Research Technician

Job ID: req2821
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Division: Applied & Development Research Program
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.

The In Vivo Evaluation Group, BTB, DTP is establishing both in vitro and in vivo tumor lines from patient biopsies from DCTD sponsored clinical trials with the goal of developing models for NCI’s Patient Derived Models Repository (PDMR). The PDMR is a repository of patient-derived models that include in vivo tumor fragments, in vitro tumor lines (2D and 3D), cancer associated fibroblasts, and DNA/RNA isolates.  The goal of the PDMR is to distribute well validated and highly characterized material to researchers worldwide. A secondary mission is to evaluate the efficacy of approved oncology drugs in combination or as single agents in a subset of rare and recalcitrant PDX tumor models.


  • Establish 2D cell cultures from patient samples and from tumors isolated from mice implanted with human tumors
  • Aid in the daily maintenance, passaging and cryopreservation of the various 2D & 3D cultures grown in different medias
  • Perform 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.
  • Prepare all required medias, components and reagents used in the culture of 2D and 3D cell cultures
  • Participate in the maintenance of proper records is critical 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.
  • Aid in other routine tasks as needed such as cell photography, tube/plate labeling, cell deliveries/pick-ups etc


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

  • Possession of a BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university (according to CHEA). (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • Ability to be flexible to meet changing needs
  • Organizational skills and database management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to work under Biosafety Level-2 conditions
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Organizational skills and database management skills
  • Ability to maintain precise records
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:  

  •  Knowledge of sterile eukaryotic tissue culture techniques
  • Knowledge of organoid cell culture

  • Job hazard or requirement  Enroll in OSHA BBP.
  • Must be medically cleared to receive any necessary immunizations per protocol requirements.
  • Job hazard or requirement  Employee would receive vaccinations required and determined by Occupational Health Services (OHS) and/or mandated by Federal Health Standard Regulations
    Job hazard or requirement
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s)
    and/or animal material(s)
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious
    material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations

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



A rewarding career with global impact

Whether you’re an expert in your field or just starting out, we have a career opportunity for you. We’re always looking for people to join us in fulfilling the mission of the Frederick National Laboratory: discovery, innovation, and success in the biomedical sciences.

Our team of 2,400+ scientists, technicians, administrators, and support staff work at the forefront of basic, translational, and preclinical science, with a focus on cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases.

We collaborate with colleagues across the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and others throughout the National Institutes of Health. We also engage with extramural investigators in academia, government and industry.

Your path to joining our team begins with the desire to work for the only national laboratory dedicated to biomedical research. Our employees share a common desire to help make a difference in cancer research and public health concerns. As you search for a career that fits your education, skills, and abilities, explore the core values that guide us and emphasize work-life balance.

Discover why joining the Frederick National Laboratory team could be the most important career step you take



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