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Manufacturing Inoculum Prep Associate

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Sep 11, 2022

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Manufacturing & Production, Manufacturing/Mechanical
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Manufacturing Inoculum Prep Associate

Job ID: req2848
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Division: Vaccine Clinical Materials Program
Facility: Frederick: G-WAY
Location: 7116 Geoffrey Way, Frederick, MD 21704 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 Vaccine Clinical Materials Program (VCMP), part of Leidos Biomedical Research at the Frederick National Lab, supports the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC). Its’ mission is to advance preclinical and clinical research, product development, and manufacture of novel clinical-stage vaccines and biologics to address current and/or emerging infectious diseases of global significance (e.g., HIV-AIDS, Influenza, Ebola, Malaria, Novel Coronavirus, Tuberculosis). The VCMP is responsible for the operation of a Frederick MD -based pilot plant facility and is actively engaged in cGMP manufacture, testing, release, and supply of Phase I /II clinical products for investigational use in the US and globally.


Reporting to the Manager, Manufacturing Inoculum Prep Operations, the Manufacturing Associate will:

  • Complete tasks supporting manufacturing laboratory functions
  • Perform aseptic techniques to maintain bacterial and mammalian cell cultures
  • Utilize controlled and monitored CO2 incubators, automated cell counting analyzer, and a Biosafety Cabinet to maintain, manipulate and propagate cultures
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, analytical balance, portable pipettes, spectrophotometer, and automated cell counter, with minimal troubleshooting required
  • Follow and adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Complete batch production records under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Document in detail, through the use of Batch Production Records or laboratory notebooks, the processes and manufacturing steps taken during the procedures
  • Write and revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and batch production records
  • Ability to contribute ideas, perform and execute development related work 


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

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Science or four (4) years relevant experience with upstream (cell culture/fermentation/bioreactor) or downstream (column chromatography, buffer/media skid, sterile filtration) biologic production processes under cGMP compliance in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No work experience required with a Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to perform aseptic gowning and to be gown certified
  • Cleanroom and BL2 experience
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds and work in a BL2 environment
  • Ability to work 2nd or 3rd shift and weekends as needed
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Cell culture
  • Aseptic techniques
  • Media and/or buffer preparation
  • Preservation and cell storage
  • Ability to interface with Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Materials Management
  • Independent Laboratory work


  • 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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