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Research Associate II

Job ID: req1734
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: WDG
Location: 4600 Wedgewood Blvd, Suite K, 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:


The position of Research Associate II will support the acquisition, transport, inventory, data management, and transfer of specimens that are part of clinical trials in support of the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention.  The position will also participate in specimen processing activities such as aliquoting and DNA extraction as needed.  Additional responsibilities include laboratory upkeep and record maintenance in various database systems.  This position is considered a team lead with supervisory responsibilities.


  • Specimen inventory verification against manifest
  • Data entry into inventory database
  • Detailed shipment & specimen characteristic annotation
  • Mitigation of compromised specimen containers within a biosafety cabinet
  • Specimen aliquoting using water baths, centrifuges, micropipets, and serologic pipets
  • Replacement of labels on frozen specimen containers
  • Label printing using Zebra printers
  • Maintaining inventory, submitting purchase requests
  • Working with -80°C freezers and dry ice to maintain specimen temperature
  • Packaging of frozen specimens for transport
  • Packaging of laboratory waste for offsite disposal
  • Equipment and workspace daily decontamination
  • Maintaining general records and waste management records
  • Use of small equipment such as hand trucks, pallet jacks, dollies and carts to move inventory and shipments
  • Stacking of bulk packaging on pallets
  • Moving bulk supplies from offsite storage to the shipping/laboratory areas using a Fleet Vehicle
  • Shipment of specimens using FedEx, UPS, or equivalent courier company
  • Supervise onsite junior laboratory and shipping personnel
  • Work shift is 7:30am – 4:00pm


  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Prior experience working with human blood products
  • Prior experience working with OPIM
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with inventory management in any database
  • Prior experience generating and training on Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Minimum 5 years of prior laboratory experience at the BSL-2 level
  • Prior experience with the utilization of a specimen inventory database, such as BSI or LabVantage
  • Prior experience with shipping and handling
  • Prior IATA or DOT certification
  • Prior experience with shipment management software such as FedEx Ship Manager
  • Prior label-printing experience using software such as BarTender or Codesoft
  • Prior supervisory experience


  • 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)