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Scientist I

Job ID: req1650
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 that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform routine and moderately complex molecular diagnostical procedures on varieties of laboratory animal and environmental samples to ensure the health status of animals in animal facilities,
  • Independently carry out new molecular assay development for animal pathogen diagnostics,
  • Design, perform, document, and report the results of a variety of molecular biological procedures with minimal supervision, 
  • Perform, design, and optimize PCR-based genotyping to monitor the genetic composition of rodent strains,
  • Develop and standardize practices and procedures.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of a PhD degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or eight (8) years of related experience.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No work experience required with a Doctorate degree
  • Molecular biology experience
  • Extensive experience with nucleic acid isolation, PCR and real time PCR techniques, and sequence analysis
  • Ability to perform independent assay design and execute new assay development to ensure the timely completion of the overall project
  • Experience with animal pathogen detection using molecular and culture methods. 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a clearance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Extensive experience with molecular diagnostic methods including nucleic acid isolation, PCR and real time PCR techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design and execute new assay development to ensure the timely completion of the overall project
  • Experience with animal pathogen detection using molecular assays 

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 the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job

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

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