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Vet Path Fellow

Job ID: req1807
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:


The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) supporting research at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Frederick, MD is offering a one-year post-doctoral fellowship for veterinary pathologists seeking experience in the field of molecular and mouse pathology and advanced training in pre-clinical cancer research using animal models. Fellows will train under a team of veterinary pathologists in the Molecular Histopathology Laboratory (MHL) and participate in digital pathology, interpretation of molecular assays (ISH, IHC, RNAscope), and interpretation of gross and histologic lesions. We expect that trainees will leave this highly-collaborative program with a wealth of information on the use of mouse phenotyping pathology, become familiar with a wide variety of quantification methods using image analysis software, and be prepared to conduct high impact cancer research focusing on state-of-the-art phenotyping technologies. As this fellowship is designed to assist candidates in preparing for boards (ACVP, ECVP), board preparation time will be allowed. 


This position description does not represent a specific job but represents a sourcing announcement for current and future open positions. Our positions span a wide range of skills, so candidates who express an interest may be considered for upcoming positions at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

This position is a one-year term with possible extension.

  •  Participate in all phases of pathology research, including gross and microscopic examination of a variety of laboratory animal species, molecular pathology, digital imaging, and advance histologic techniques (tissue microarray construction, laser-capture microscopy, nucleic acid characterization, etc.).
  •  Utilize advanced image analysis software such as HALO and Aperio to provided computer assisted and quantitative digital slide analysis.
  •  Participate in research meetings and seminars.


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  •  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited college/university or equivalent degree according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  •  In addition to the educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of directly relevant experience with at least two years of formal anatomic pathology training.
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  •  Preference will be given to those who have completed a three-year anatomic pathology residency.


  • 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 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)