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Research Assoc I

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Bethesda, MD
Start date
Nov 30, 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 Assoc I

Job ID: req2500
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Laboratory Animal Science Program
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 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 Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.


  •  Management and execution of numerous, concurrent research studies utilizing nonhuman primate (NHP) and rodent models
  •  Managing protocol schedules to achieve successful experimental conduct while maximizing the use of staff/facility resources
  •  Monitoring animal study protocols to ensure compliance with ACUC approved procedures and animal numbers
  •  Performance of specialized experimental procedures utilizing nonhuman primates including administration of drugs, pre-surgical preparation, minor surgical biopsies, BAL, bone marrow collection, anesthesia monitoring, post-surgical care
  •  Maintenance of rodent breeding colonies including complex genetic strains
  •  Performance of basic research procedures in mice such as injections, sample collection, necropsy, and imaging
  •  Drafting animal study proposals and modifications to support ongoing and new research endeavors
  •  General animal health observations and data recording
  •  Ability to perform or learn laboratory methods such as PCR, DNA isolation


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

  •  Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in a field related to biomedical research or four (4) years equivalent experience in the appropriate field in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency 
  •  In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years progressively responsible job-related biomedical experience
  •   Must be able to function independently in an animal research facility environment, and in support of investigators engaged in animal research
  •  Previous experience in handling nonhuman primates in a research facility including a variety of experimental procedures
  •  Ability to multitask, coordinate protocol schedules, and perform a variety of technical procedures on nonhuman primates
  •  Ability to maintain precise, accurate records
  •  Knowledge of standard operating procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection
  •  Computer and writing skills 
  • Must participate in the occupational health program, medical health screenings, and similar.  
  • Must understand that the position has the risk for exposure to zoonotic agents as well as other hazardous agents or chemicals
  •  Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  •  Excellent observation and organization skills
  •  Experience in performing surgical procedures on NHPs
  •  Basic necropsy techniques
  •  Excellent written and oral communications skills
  •  Experience with other laboratory animal species including mice, rats, and aquatics


  • 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
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance
  • This position is subject to working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for extended periods of time requiring medical clearance
  • This position is subject to the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job
  • This position is subject to working with radioactive material and requires to become an approved radiation worker

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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