Research Assoc I, Pre Clin (req2223)

Posted: 10/25/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2223


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.


  • Performing cultural and molecular based diagnostic procedures on a variety of laboratory animals and environmental samples for pathogen detection and diagnostic evaluation to ensure the health status of animals in animal facilities
  • Design, perform, document, and report the results of a variety of microbiological and molecular biological procedures including culture, microscopic examination, nucleic acid isolation, PCR and real-time PCR/RT-PCR assays
  • Performing necropsy of laboratory rodents, and the collection of blood, tissues/organs and other biological samples for diagnostic evaluation when needed.


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) or four (4) years relevant experience in lieu of degree. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • In addition to the educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years related microbiological and molecular biology experience
  • Extensive experience with culture, nucleic acid isolation, PCR and real-time PCR techniques
  • Ability to independently carry out experimental procedures and perform trouble shooting to ensure the timely completion of overall project
  • Competent with computer operations and Microsoft Excel program
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Microbiological methods, necropsy
  • PCR, real-time PCR


  • 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