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Research Assoc I, Pre Clinical in Frederick, MD

Location: Frederick, MD
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Research Assoc I, Pre Clinical

Job ID: req1698
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) 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


  • Design and build reagents for gene editing experiments
  • Testing gene editing reagents in cultured cells
  • Isolating nucleic acids from edited culture cells and performing downstream molecular biology assays (e.g. quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR))
  • Preparing DNA input for high throughput Illumina sequencing
  • Analysis and interpretation of results from gene editing experiments


  • 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 education requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of experience in laboratory molecular biology
  • Experience in maintaining and manipulating cultured cells using sterile techniques
  • Experience in designing and performing PCR experiments
  • Meticulous note-taking habits to maintain accurate and precise records
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Gene editing (Zinc finger nucleases, TALENs, or CRISPR technologies)
  • Illumina sequencing – preparing DNA sequencing libraries
  • Plasmid DNA cloning
  • In vitro transcription of RNA
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills – primary author publications and/or oral presentations
  • Mammalian tissue culture experience
  • Basic programming – running python code and scripts


  • 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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