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Research Associate I in Frederick, MD

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



The AIDS and Cancer Virus Program (ACVP) is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that pursues basic and applied studies aimed at improving our understanding of AIDS-associated viruses, including studies intended to facilitate the improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS, and AIDS related tumors, particularly those associated with other viruses such as KSHV. The Program consists of independent but highly interactive research Sections headed by Principal Investigators, whose work spans from fundamental molecular virology through in vitro studies, to in vivo studies in non-human primate (NHP) models, to international viral epidemiology.  The ACVP also has Research Support Core Groups (Cores) that provide critical and often unique technical support capabilities to ACVP laboratories and other laboratories within the NCI and NIH, and to extramural investigators. 


The position is in one of the ACVP's Research Support Cores, the Quantitative Molecular Diagnostic Core, which is looking for a Research Associate I to join our dynamic, interactive, multidisciplinary research team working on AIDS pathogenesis and development of treatments for prevention of HIV infection and AIDS through the use of nonhuman primate models. The successful candidate will be able to work in a team-oriented environment, consistently follow detailed protocols and instructions, and keep careful records. The successful candidate will utilize standard molecular biology techniques including, but not limited to, nucleic acid extraction, purification and quantification, PCR, reverse transcription, and quantitative PCR for the highly sensitive detection of low copy-number nucleic acid targets. Additionally, the successful candidate will be able to work, simultaneously, on several sample sets, adjusting to changing priorities as needed.

  • Receiving and proper storage of samples from internal and external sources
  • Proper sterile and molecular biology techniques for phase separation extraction of nucleic acids with precision, following a well-established, detailed protocol
  • Use of an established LIMS database for tracking of samples, creation of instrument files, analysis of data
  • Use of established protocols on a liquid handling robot for proper assay setup
  • Troubleshooting errors and/or difficult samples
  • Detailed written and/or verbal communication with supervisor regarding progress, data, technical issues, and data analysis
  • Maintenance of an organized, contamination free work environment
  • Other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority


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

  • Possession of a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Additional qualifying experience may be substituted in lieu of required education. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • A minimum two (2) years of relevant laboratory research experience, post completion of bachelor's degree is required
  • Experience with large sample sets and consistent precise performance with quality controlled, highly repetitive workflows is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • Experience with real-time PCR instruments, liquid handling robots and laboratory LIMS systems is highly desired


  • 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 may require continuous or intermittent exposure to and exertion in environmental conditions such as working outdoors, temperature extremes, humidity extremes. etc. as part of the job

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