Research Associate III
Job ID: req3623
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.
The AIDS Monitoring Laboratory (AML) is part of the Clinical Services Program (CSP) within the Applied/Developmental Research Directorate (ADRD) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR). The AML is a state-of-the-art clinical research laboratory, which specializes in basic immunology and flow cytometry. The primary mission of the AML is to perform sequential studies of immune function and phenotype in patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) disease or other emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases associated with immunologic dysfunction.
The AML is recruiting for a Research Associate III to work in the Research Flow Cytometry Section of the Laboratory.
- Perform advanced multi-color flow cytometry and cell sorting experiments
- Perform intra and extra cellular staining procedures for analysis on the flow cytometer
- Operate a BD-Biosciences LSRFortessa flow cytometer and a Sony LE-MA900 cell sorter
- Utilize FCS Express Flow Cytometry Software to analyze flow cytometry data
- Assist the laboratory supervisor in the development, optimization and implementation of flow cytometry protocols
- Maintain thorough documentation of experimental procedures, results and data
- Stay current with technological advancements in flow cytometry and cell sorting
- Train and work with junior level staff
- Process blood and body fluids from individuals with HIV or other emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases
- Monitor laboratory equipment for optimum performance and perform basic instrument troubleshooting
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
All work will be performed under Biosafety Level-2* conditions. Work may involve standing, walking, rapid mental/muscular coordination, good vision, working alone or closely with others. The use of personal protective equipment and strict adherence to safety protocols is required.
To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
- Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in a biological, chemical, or physical science with courses in biological science, chemistry, and mathematics 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 eight (8) years of relevant experience
- Working knowledge of Windows computer operating systems and proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
- In depth knowledge of flow cytometry and cell sorting
- Experience in evaluating and interpreting data generated from flow cytometry experiments
- Experience with FCS Express Flow Cytometry Software
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask
- Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:
- Flexibility to adapt to new techniques and technologies
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to function independently and as part of a laboratory team
- Ability to understand, interpret and communicate complex scientific data
- Ability to prioritize multiple projects and meet timelines
- Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemical or biological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used.
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.