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Quality Associate

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Mar 19, 2023

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Quality, Quality Control
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Quality Associate

Job ID: req3011
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 mission is to provide scientific leadership and laboratory infrastructure to study immune responses to Human Papillomavirus (HPV), SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccines as well as other cancer preventive strategies in the context of clinical and pre-clinical studies.

The Quality Associate performs all aspects of quality standards across the laboratory. Performs quality control on all laboratory testing and processes, monitors and performs equipment maintenance. Develops and monitors quality assurance standards for biospecimen repository and testing operation. Ensures sample management and testing are performed with upmost quality by working closely and onsite with laboratory personnel. Assists, guides, and monitors laboratory processes, adhering to Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP) guidelines. Performs evaluation of critical reagents, internal controls, communications, risk assessments and documentations, deviations related to compliance with internal and external safety, quality standards. Works with laboratory to plan, qualify, verify, and validate tests/assays and equipment. Reviews documents for completeness, track and monitor assigned projects.

This position is located at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) in Frederick, Md. Frequent travel to laboratory units in Fort Detrick is expected. This is an onsite position with no telework option.

Specific duties will include:

Follows all GCLP requirements for all assigned and unassigned duties.
Works closely with laboratory personnel to perform evaluation of laboratory internal controls and deficiencies and assists with corrective action plans.
Develops appropriate risk management strategies and assists with implementation.
Writes SOPs and revisions, Quality Assurance plans, and guidance documents to assist laboratory staff maintain internal control and document control.
Assists laboratory with identification, documentation, investigation and follow up of quality events (deviations, corrective and preventive actions, etc.), working closely with Scientific Manager, Quality Manager, and laboratory staff.
Evaluates critical reagents, performs bridge experiments to qualify critical reagents and release lots for use in laboratory testing.
Reviews batch records, document review, quality control testing review, and test results for completeness, accuracy, and conformance to specifications; investigates deviations and plan corrective actions with laboratory management and assist with corrective actions, in conjunction with laboratory personnel.
Conducts routine and non-routine analysis of samples, including Quality control samples, standards and reagents according to standard operating procedures (SOPs), if applicable.
Review and approve assay qualification/validation test plans and summary reports.
Perform required data analysis, review data, interpret data findings, investigates issues and report abnormalities, troubleshoots analytical methods.
Participate in the development of quality control samples and procedures.
Assists monitoring equipment within the laboratory as well as performing equipment maintenance as needed.
Review production, test, and equipment records.
Provide quality related training to personnel as needed.
Provides accessibility and quality support to the laboratory staff as on-going basis.
Assists with document control and archiving of laboratory records as needed.
Provides hands-on support to Laboratory Manager and laboratory personnel to achieve quality and maintain GCLP across laboratory activities.
Assists with ordering and maintaining inventory as needed within the laboratory (e.g, PPE).
Maintain safety and orderliness of the laboratory.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications
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 three (3) years of relevant laboratory experience is required.
Minimum of 2 years of Quality Control and Quality Assurance experience.
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 

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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