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Clinical Liaison Associate II

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Frederick, MD
Start date
May 21, 2024

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Clinical, Clinical Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Clinical Liaison Associate II

Job ID: req3947
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 Clinical Services Program’s primary mission is to perform sequential studies using samples obtained from patients with cancer, AIDS, chronic granulomatous disease, or other diseases associated with immunologic dysfunction, as well as to monitor viral load in patients with HIV.

The position will support operations in DCR-supported Laboratories in the US, West Africa, Indonesia, and Mexico. Position may travel up to 70% domestically and internationally.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides operational support to DCR designated high-profile clinical research laboratories in Indonesia, Mexico, West Africa, US, and other countries as assigned
  • Works with laboratory staff to ensure that laboratory equipment is properly calibrated and in working order
  • Skill in calibrating and operating sophisticated laboratory instruments
  • Assists in standard operating procedure development and documentation for assay validation and verification
  • Orients and trains professional staff and others on the methods and procedures used in the laboratory
  • Participates in the development of standard operating procedures for overall laboratory operations and study-specific operations
  • Assists with activities of biorepositories including freezer systems and inventory management
  • Coordinates and helps with management of biological shipments
  • Develops lists of reagents and consumables for assays and protocols

PREVAIL, Liberia

  • Resolve testing back log with EIA for HBV testing
  • ELLA: CRP and IL-6 testing
  • Work with staff on sample inventory and processes for sample aliquoting/biobanking
  • Help HONOR staff and the PREVAIL Clin Lab Manager to discuss day-to-day activities and schedules
  • Potential assistance with move of the Biorepository from LIBR to JFK
  • Potential assistance to help with InVITE shipments

PREGUI, Guinea and UCRC, Mali

  • Depending on study needs, may be asked to help with verification SOPs and training, maintenance of clinical laboratories
  • Potential help with biorepository and sample shipments

LaRed, Mexico and INA-RESPOND, Indonesia

  • May be asked to travel to Tapachula, Mexico to assess clinical laboratories


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

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree in biomedical research/biology/microbiology 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 two (2) years of experience in a clinical laboratory
  • Must be detail oriented. Possesses strong verbal communication, writing and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to work well under pressure, apply technical expertise, and make sound decisions
  • Ability to work effectively with others to ensure the successful and timely completion of the research goals of the organization
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt in a changing environment
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member with consistent ability to take initiative and make an active contribution to the team's performance
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory procedures for clinical research laboratories
  • Proficiency in Windows® and Microsoft® Office Suite including Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Outlook®
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally often for an extended period of time
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Experience working in a CLIA certified laboratory or clinical hospital laboratory
  • Ability to work in a clinical laboratory setting both independently and within a team of technical specialists and project leaders
  • Experience working in international laboratories
  • Experience working in resource limited settings
  • Ability to apply working knowledge of clinical research relative to timetables to assess overall project timeliness and risks


  • 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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