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Research Associate I

Job ID: req1832
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 Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. With more than 2,000 employees, the FNLCR is responsible for pursuing translational and applied biomedical research that is unique from academia, the pharmaceutical industry, or other federal contractors. The selected candidate will join the Natural Products Support Group (NPSG), located at the NCI-Frederick campus.

The NPSG provides scientific and technical support to the Developmental Therapeutics Program (DTP) of the NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD). The group is comprised of several laboratories responsible for various natural product-based research activities including extraction of plant, microbial, and marine biota; pre-fractionation of natural product extracts; isolation and identification of biologically active natural products; preforming cryopreservations and microbial fermentations; and in-vitro and in-vivo drug preparations.


  • Automation laboratory methods development and implementation
  • Implement automation steps to improve and speed up the isolation and identification of biologically active natural products from plant, marine and microbial sources
  • Troubleshoot and QC of laboratory automation equipment
  • Serve as back up for in-vivo and in-vitro drug preparations


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

  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree.  Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years related experience working in an automation laboratory environment
  • Familiarity with high-throughput automation systems
  • Experience with automated liquid handling systems
  • Basic programming skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to successfully work in a team environment
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Hands-on experience in automation equipment (Tecan, Hamilton)
  • Experience in method qualification, laboratory automation, automated data processing, and laboratory information systems
  • Knowledge of programming software packages including, but not limited to the following: R, JavaScript, Python, and shell-scripting in the Linux and windows computing environment
  • Knowledge of API development and implementation
  • Experience with SQL and Oracle databases
  • Critical thinker with the ability to breakdown complex technical requirements
  • Proven problem-solving ability
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment with independence


  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance

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