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Research Associate II

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Feb 2, 2023

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

Job Details

Research Associate II

Job ID: req3290
Employee Type: exempt 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 Research Associate I position would provide blood processing support to an NIH-funded clinical project as part of the BioProcessing and Trial Logistics group (BPTL).  The BPTL is part of the Clinical Services Program (CSP) within the Applied/Developmental Research Directorate (ADRD) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR). 


  • Receipt and unpacking of specimens shipped to the laboratory from outside clinics
  • Separation of human blood samples into sub fractions
  • Isolation of buccal cells from mouthwash samples
  • Aliquoting urine samples using an automated liquid handler
  • Maintaining specimen shipment temperature data logger records
  • Reprogramming temperature data loggers for return to clinical collection locations
  • Handling frozen material, using dry ice & specialized dry ice workstations
  • Packaging specimens for transport
  • General laboratory upkeep, equipment monitoring, and inventory control
  • Daily use of Excel, Word, Outlook
  • Daily communication with team members & internal support groups
  • Assisting with supply shipments, as needed
  • Assisting in the movement of laboratory supplies from storage to lab, as needed, using courier van


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 according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the educational requirements, a minimum of five (5) years experience in a BSL-2 environment and knowledge of aseptic technique
  • Previous experience working with serologic pipets, micropipettes, and cryovials
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Ability to work a fixed Tuesday – Saturday schedule
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds routinely
  • Ability to focus for extended periods of time
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Previous experience with specimen inventory management software
  • Previous experience with relational databases
  • Previous experience with label printing software such as Codesoft or BarTender
  • Previous experience working with human blood and other potentially infectious material
  • Previous experience with liquid handling systems
  • Previous IATA certification


  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position may require continuous or intermittent exposure to and exertion in environmental conditions such as working outdoors, temperature extremes, humidity extremes. etc. as part of the job

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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