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Research Associate I - Equipment Manager (MoCha)

Job ID: req1128
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and emerging infectious diseases. 

Position Overview:


The Molecular Characterization Laboratory (MoCha) is part of Leidos Biomedical Research’s Clinical Research Directorate (CRD) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The MoCha Laboratory is responsible for providing high-level research in support of the NCI-Cancer Diagnostics Program (CDP) within the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD). MoCha is charged with the development and application of genomic assays for use in medical research and diagnostics for DCTD-sponsored national extramural clinical trials. 


  • Performs routine and unscheduled maintenance on a variety of laboratory equipment
  • Documents all maintenance in accordance with applicable SOPs and regulations
  • Creates and maintains tracking spreadsheets for all laboratory equipment maintenance schedules
  • Coordinates maintenance activities with vendors and all stakeholders in the laboratory
  • Provides regular updates on status of equipment maintenance via email and group meetings
  • Maintains good documentation practices per CLIA guidelines and regulations
  • May be cross trained to assist with extraction activities
  • May participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals
  • Works with senior staff to developing and/or modifying methods and techniques for solving scientific problems
  • Performs molecular assays by adherence to SOPs
  • Writes SOPs and performs formal reporting of research data, including presentations and/or scientific publications
  • Maintains knowledge of the most recent literature and scientific presentations relevant to projects
  • Maintains essential laboratory supplies and monitors equipment for optimum performance


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. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education).  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of experience in a clinical laboratory environment, preferably including experience with next generation sequencing library creation and sequencing, molecular assay development, nucleic acid extractions
  • Ability to independently evaluate the suitability and quality control of research or production assays or tests, develop and follow SOPs, and analyze and report data
  • Ability to track information in a large cohort of samples and monitor progress of multiple projects
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Strong technical skills in molecular biology and genomic assays
  • Experience in NGS genomic profiling assays (i.e. whole exome sequencing and RNA sequencing), digital PCR, nanostring, microarray
  • Experience in a CLIA laboratory setting maintaining documentation in accordance with CLIA requirements


  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
  • Adequate computer skills to document, organize, and present experimental data
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)