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Research Assoc I

Job ID: req1202
Employee Type: exempt full-time
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.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public’s interest.  

 Position Overview:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION         

The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease. The Animal Research Technical Support (ARTS) team within LASP utilizes advanced methodologies to perform research into the development of new cancer models, targeted diagnostics, and cancer therapies.

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Performing colony management of rodent colonies and conducting of complex experimental procedures. Maintenance of real time animal colony database (FACILITY).
  •  Designing optimal breeding strategies.
  •  Independently designing and scheduling experimental studies.
  •  Perform experiments including surgical procedures utilizing experimental compounds and chemical carcinogens.
  •  Perform injections via various routes.
  •  Monitoring phenotypes and treatment responses.
  •  Collecting blood and tissues.
  •  Tumor measuring.
  •  Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous radiological, chemical, and biological materials.
  •  This is a change in facility.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  •  Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in a field related to biomedical research or four (4) years equivalent experience in the appropriate field in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  •  In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years progressively responsible job related biomedical experience.
  • Understanding of Mendelian genetics.
  •  Experience in rodent breeding colony management and associated procedures.
  •  Experience in performing experimental procedures.
  •  Ability to maintain precise, accurate records.
  •  Knowledge of standard operating procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection.
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  •  Excellent observation and organization skills.
  •  Experience in performing surgical procedures on rodents.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  •  Computer/data entry skills.
  •  Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  •  AALAS certification.

JOB HAZARDS

  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s).
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations.
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance.
  • This position is subject to working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for extended periods of time requiring medical clearance.
  • This position is subject to the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job.
  • This position is subject to working with radioactive material and requires to become an approved radiation worker.

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

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