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Research Associate II, Lab Animal

Job ID: req1794
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 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 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.


  • Management and oversight of daily husbandry and facility upkeep tasks
  • Managing staff schedules to achieve successful animal care while maximizing the use of facility resources
  • Training and mentoring of husbandry staff on proper animal care, equipment maintenance, and sanitization procedures
  • Providing guidance, coordination, and delegation of husbandry/technical staff by ensuring appropriate supplies are available
  • Performance of specialized experimental procedures utilizing nonhuman primates including administration of drugs, pre-surgical preparation, minor surgical biopsies, BAL, bone marrow collection, anesthesia monitoring, post-surgical care, support radiation and MRI related studies
  • Record keeping and database maintenance
  • Maintaining a proper living environment for nonhuman primates including enrichment, behavioral assessment, social housing  and training
  • Observing and recording physical signs of nonhuman primate health and record data,
  • Performing specialized technical procedures necessary to maintain continuous operation of the animal facilities
  • Assisting in conducting animal experiment
  • Operation cleaning and maintenance animal support equipment
  • The use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict protocols are required 
  • The ability to supervise staff


  • 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 laboratory animal technical experience
  • A minimum of two (2) years of husbandry floor lead experience
  • Ability to coordinate schedules, perform a variety of technical and husbandry procedures on nonhuman primates
  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate written and electronic records and maintain experimental data in computer-based applications/databases
  • 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
  • Ability to lift to 50 lbs. and to wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Basic necropsy techniques
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Excellent organizational/observational skills
  • Computer/data entry
  • Ability to multi-task


  • 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)