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Biospecimen Liaison

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Feb 28, 2023

Job Details

Biospecimen Liaison

Job ID: req3325
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer
Facility: Frederick: ATRF
Location: 8560 Progress Dr, Frederick, MD 21701 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, Immunity and Cancer Directorate investigates immune responses to vaccines in preclinical and clinical studies, with a focus on HPV and more recently on SARS-CoV-2. As part of a large effort to combat the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is collaborating with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) and other stakeholders to develop assays with the highest reproducibility, sensitivity, and specificity for evaluation of immune responses against this new virus.  To address gaps and unmet needs in serology assay development and standardization and to gain a solid fundamental knowledge of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and underlying mechanisms of protection against infection, NCI has established the Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), which includes the Frederick National Laboratory (FNL) Serology Lab, leveraging the vast expertise and excellence in HPV serology at the FNL. 

The Center of Excellence for Serology Development and Emergency Preparedness (CESDEP) is a new program to provide both a more targeted and global response to the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, requiring innovative thinking, outreach and partnership with global leaders. CESDEP will leverage and deploy the knowledge from existing program to bring high quality, precision biomarker assays to the cancer and HIV clinics to help combat SARS-CoV-2 in those most vulnerable. 


The Biospecimen Liaison provides biospecimen program and operation support for the Center of Excellence for Serology Development and Emergency Preparedness (CESDEP). Works directly with Laboratory Manager and the staff to provide laboratory support, shipping and receiving of biospecimen samples, coordination of samples with external centers and internal team including establishing legal mechanisms for material transfers. Assist with administrative, personnel support, procurement, facilities, inventory and equipment maintenance, and any other support to the staff as needed. Knowledge of human research subject regulations a plus.

  • Assist with overall coordination of biospecimen repository program functions including receiving, shipping, packing, handling with internal and external facilities
  • Modifies and prepares Material Transfer Agreements for individual requests
  • Collaborates with Legal office for Material Transfer Agreements
  • Follows all GCLP requirements for all assigned and unassigned duties
  • Prepares, schedules and ships reagents domestically and internationally
  • Coordination with FNL repository for incoming and outgoing shipments
  • Maintains inventory of packing materials, dry ice, etc. for shipments
  • Updates reagent inventory and databases
  • Electronically tracks, stores and updates all requesting information
  • Preparation of meeting slides for the program as required
  • Assist in the preparation of program reports, not limited to monthly quarterly reports, semi-annual and annual reports
  • Assist in the development of oral presentations and meetings
  • Assist with administrative functions including supply ordering, coordinating work orders, and equipment inventory and maintenance
  • Document control tasks for standard operating procedures, forms, controlled documents and laboratory notebook issuance
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

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

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Public Health or a related field from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of two (2) years of laboratory experience is required
  • Proficient with Windows and MS Office including Word, Excel, PPT
  • Knowledge of the use of proper English/grammar/spelling/punctuation
  • Ability to effectively maintain files and active records
  • In addition to a commitment to excellence in operations, the position requires leadership skills and commitment to the mission
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

    Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) license
  • Familiarity with immunology, immune assays, diagnostics, vaccines and clinical research
  • Familiarity with human research subject requirements and regulations
  • Laboratory experience in biomedical science
  • Experience with specimen handling and biorepository management
  • Strong organizational and communications skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team and multi-task to achieve milestones within deadlines

  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix and team‐oriented environment
  • Ability to develop project master plan and schedules
  • Ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills

  • 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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