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Research Technician, Extraction and Staging Laboratory, CGR

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Rockville, MD
Start date
Nov 17, 2023

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

Job Details

Research Technician, Extraction and Staging Laboratory, CGR

Job ID: req3788
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Division: Clinical Research Program
Facility: Rockville: 9615 MedCtrDr
Location: 9615 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 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 Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory (CGR) investigates the contribution of germline and somatic genetic variation to cancer susceptibility and outcomes in support of the NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), the world’s most comprehensive cancer epidemiology research group.  CGR is located at the NCI-Shady Grove campus in Gaithersburg, MD and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  We care deeply about discovering the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer, and new approaches to cancer prevention, through our contributions to the molecular, genetic, and epidemiologic research of the 70+ investigators in DCEG.  Working in concert with epidemiologists, biostatisticians and basic research scientists in DCEG’s intramural research program, CGR provides the capacity to conduct genome-wide discovery studies and targeted regional approaches to identify the heritable determinants of various forms of cancer. This includes the design and analysis of high throughput studies using various types of “–omics” technologies such as array- and sequence-based genome-wide association studies, studies of tumor characteristics using integrated genomic data analysis, and molecular epidemiologic studies based on novel assays focused on the metabolome and microbiome.  


The Cancer Genomics Research (CGR) laboratory is a fast-paced, high throughput organization that supports histology, molecular and digital pathology, nucleic acid extraction, sample staging, genotyping, sequencing, and analysis for genetic and epidemiologic studies for the investigators within DCEG. We are recruiting for a Research Technician position within CGR’s Extraction and Staging Laboratory that supports sample extraction, quantitation, and normalization of the extracted nucleic acid for all sequencing and genotyping efforts. The Research Technician position will focus on sample extractions from multiple types of human biospecimens, quality and quantity assessment of the extracted nucleic acids, and custom aliquoting of biospecimens to support internal and external assay requirements. The successful candidate will work seamlessly within the extraction, staging and aliquoting teams and will have responsibility for the day-to day execution of laboratory processes and applications including: 

  • Participate in all facets of the sample extraction and QC pipeline, including nucleic acid extraction from various sample types (BSL-1 and BSL-2), sample handling and quantification using multiple automation platforms and laboratory equipment
  • Use of automated liquid handling robotics and additional methods in BSL-2+ controlled laboratory space to support biospecimen aliquoting tasks for both in house and outsourced assays
  • Organization of samples, including sorting by tube type and relabeling as needed for automation workflows
  • Support for sample inventory efforts, including freezer consolidation activities and preparation of samples for return to external collaborators and/or NCI Central Repository
  • Use of LIMS for tracking all aspects of sample management
  • Responsible for performing, documenting, and reporting results and deviations for a variety of procedures and assays in the laboratory, governed by SOPs
  • React to any non-conformances or opportunities for improvement, by taking appropriate corrective actions in consultation with management, development team and other relevant staff members
  • Ensure proper documentation of all laboratory processes performed in the laboratory and maintain equipment records
  • Perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and maintain a clean work area
  • Practice safe work habits, including complying with all safety, health and environmental rules and regulations
  • Other duties as assigned and available               


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 or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to education requirements, a minimum of 0-2 years of related molecular biology experience
  • Knowledge of DNA and RNA extraction, quality, and quantitative assessment of nucleic acid from a variety of biospecimen types
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office products, general computer proficiency)
  • Ability to apply routine mathematics to laboratory calculations
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance 


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration: 

  • Experience in nucleic acid extractions from human biospecimens and quantitation of DNA and RNA
  • Familiarity with liquid handling robotics
  • Experience with data analysis and visualization tools such as Excel, Spotfire, Tableau
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task


  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations

Commitment to Diversity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.



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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