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Research Associate II - Clinical Support

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Mar 9, 2023

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Clinical, Clinical Research, Regulatory
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Research Associate II - Clinical Support

Job ID: req3355
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.


CSP - The Clinical Services Program’s primary mission is to perform sequential studies using samples obtained from patients with cancer, AIDS, chronic granulomatous disease or other diseases associated with immunologic dysfunction, as well as to monitor viral load in patients with HIV.


  • The successful candidate will support the Clinical Support Laboratory. CSL is a service lab that primarily offers experimental support of NCI clinical projects that often involve evaluation of immune system phenotype/function.
  • Multi-color flow cytometry assay design, performance, and analysis.
  • Does not work with animals or animal tissues, other than blood.
  • Propagation (small scale) of human dermal biopsies in sterile culture; transformation of human B cells using Epstein-Barr virus generated in-house; other cell culture procedures as needed.
  • Document service, maintenance and QC of instruments, monitor instruments, refrigerators, incubators, etc. for signs that service is needed.
  • Follow SOPs and maintain documentation (assay worksheets), etc.
  • Stays up-to-date to offer thoughtful insights of current science practices; and performs experiments and data analyses; shares the work progress with team members.


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

  • Possession of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university (according to CHEA). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.  
  • Job knowledge in Immunology, Microbiology, or related biomedical research field preferred.
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of five (5) years of job-related biomedical experience.
  • Experience with advanced flow cytometry techniques is required; Advanced laboratory techniques germane to the specialty area (i.e. sterile procedures, safety procedures, instrument operation, etc.).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Comfortable doing work performed under regulations of BL-2 and BL-2*(enhanced) safety measures.
  • Experience where (pre) clinical tests in the area of immunology were performed.
  • Experience with planning, performing and analyzing results of flow cytometry assays.
  • Ability to develop new assays or production methods in collaboration with supervisor.


  • 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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