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Research Technician

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
Dec 6, 2023

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

Job Details

Research Technician

Job ID: req3760
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Division: Applied & Development Research Program
Facility: Frederick: WDG
Location: 4600 Wedgewood Blvd, Suite K, 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 BioProcessing and Trial Logistics group is looking for a Research Technician in support of projects for the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention.  This position would be responsible for routine laboratory maintenance, stocking supplies, ordering, specimen accessioning, reporting shipment discrepancies, performing data entry in BSI specimen inventory database, printing labels, participating in workflow revisions, aliquoting specimens, and preparing specimens for distribution.  The ideal candidate would be comfortable with routine work requiring high levels of observation and methodical application of processes. The main activity for this position would be unpacking specimens shipped to the laboratory & verifying contents, as well as creating smaller volume aliquots of existing specimen collections in storage.

The BioProcessing and Trial Logistics (BPTL) group provide operational, logistical, laboratory, and data management support at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research to the NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention. The laboratory operations provide centralized processing for clinical projects, and centralized shipping support for existing clinical project specimen collections, within the extramural research community.


A successful research technician would be able to work on multiple projects, using schedules and working instructions to prioritize activities daily. While there are multiple projects, the standardization of processes across projects minimizes the variety of tasks to perform.  High levels of attention to detail and record organization are needed. Routine specimen receipt and accessioning requires long periods of time working with frozen specimens on dry ice, and extended periods of time working on a computer. The position also requires excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Perform emergency eyewash testing
  • Monitor equipment temperatures
  • Clean work surfaces & equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance on freezers
  • Receipt and accessioning of cold and frozen specimens
  • Labeling vials and containers
  • Prepare supplies from lists for assembly of specimen collection kit
  • Package specimens for shipments

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

  • Possession of a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university (according to CHEA). (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • Ability to work with small items for prolonged period of time
  • Ability to use Microsoft products such as Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Ability to use barcode scanners and computers for long periods of time
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Prior experience working with pipets, serologic pipet, vortex, centrifuge, and scales
  • Prior experience with routine laboratory maintenance such as cleaning waterbaths
  • Prior experience working with specimens on dry ice
  • Prior experience using BSI or other inventory database
  • Prior experience with inventory control
  • Prior experience working in a BSL-2 laboratory, using a biosafety cabinet
  • Prior certification as a packer/shipper of DOT and IATA UN3373, Category B materials
  • 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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