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Vet Path Fellow

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
May 1, 2024

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Science/R&D, Animal Health
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

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Vet Path Fellow

Job ID: req3920
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Division: Laboratory Animal Science 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 Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) supports biomedical research at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). We are offering a one-year post-doctoral fellowship for candidates seeking experience in lab animal pathology to prepare for a career in industry or research. LASP is a highly collaborative environment with access to multiple state-of-art core labs. This position is targeted to board-certified veterinary pathologists or board-eligible trainees. As this fellowship is designed to assist candidates in preparing for boards (ACVP, ECVP), board preparation time will be allowed.

Fellows will train under a team of veterinary pathologists in the Molecular Histopathology Laboratory (MHL) and the Center for Advanced Preclinical Research (CAPR) with a focus on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Trainees will gain practical experience applying pathology training in a research environment, including phenotyping, digital image analysis, and toxicologic pathology.


This posting is contingent on future openings.  This position is a one-year term with possible extension.

  • Become familiar with all phases of pathology-driven research, including:
    • study design
    • gross & microscopic examination of laboratory animal species
    • molecular pathology (IHC, RNAscope, multiplex IF)
    • digital imaging
    • advanced histologic techniques (tissue microarray construction, laser-capture microscopy, nucleic acid characterization, etc.)
  • Utilize bioimage analysis platforms (HALO, Aperio, QuPath) in biomedical research applications to gain an understanding of how artificial intelligence can be applied in modern pathology laboratories.
  • Application of emerging pathology-enhanced -omics platforms – spatial biology tools – including:
    • Nanostring (GeoMX, CosMX)
    • Akoya (CODEX, Phenocycler, Phenoimager HT)
    • 10x Genomics (Visium, Chromium)
  • Participate in monthly lab animal pathology seminars, research meetings, and scientific publications.


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

  • Possession of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) from from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience or formal anatomic pathology training is desirable.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Preference will be given to board-certified veterinary pathologists or board-eligible trainees.

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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