Research Associate - Radiochemistry (req2161)

Posted: 9/30/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2161


The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by the prime contractor Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. FNL is responsible for pursuing a unique mission in translational and applied biomedical research that is unsuitable for academia, the pharmaceutical industry, or other federal contractors. This open position in is ideally suited for a radiochemist who is interested in applied research & development and wishes to be part of the fight against cancer. The selected candidate will join the NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) support group located at the NCI-Frederick campus.

This program supports the NCI DCTD by providing radiopharmaceuticals for clinical trials and preclinical studies, developing new radiopharmaceuticals, and providing regulatory affairs support. Activities include production and/or procurement of investigational and experimental radiopharmaceuticals; contributing to the advanced development of the DCTD- and non-DCTD-sponsored investigational radiopharmaceuticals; supporting clinical trials; and providing nuclear medicine sites with access to DCTD radiopharmaceuticals.


  • Produce radiopharmaceuticals in a clean production environment (cGMP or “cGMP-like” depending on the intended use) using either manual or automated methods
  • Perform quality control testing of radiopharmaceuticals (e.g., HPLC, GC, TLC, pH, bubble testing, etc.)
  • Comply with regulatory requirements for production/QC of radiopharmaceuticals as detailed in FNL Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Qualify and maintain production/QC equipment
  • Contribute to cGMP compliance of facility through activities including cleaning, environmental monitoring, gowning, accurate completion of documentation, creation of exception reports
  • Perform aseptic manipulations as required (e.g., sterile vial preparation, dose drawing)
  • Receive radioactive material from outside vendor(s)
  • Support the development of new laboratory methods including the automation of radiopharmaceutical production methods
  • Maintain inventory of lab supplies, as needed, to support laboratory activities
  • Preparation of non-radioactive compounds for radiochemistry may be required
  • Assist the Laboratory Manager/Supervisor with record keeping and reporting to comply with rules and regulations that apply to the use of radioisotopes


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 education requirement, a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Relevant experience in medical chemistry and/or radiopharmaceutical production/QC
  • Experience working in a radiochemistry lab
  • Proficient in running HPLC and GC instrumentation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Successful experience working in a regulated environment (such as cGMP-like)
  • Successful experience with production of radiopharmaceuticals including use of automated radio synthesizers
  • Successful experience with QC of radiopharmaceuticals including development and validation of HPLC and/or GC methods
  • Successful experience with aseptic manipulations including completion of media fill qualification
  • Successful experience with documentation within a cGMP-complaint quality management system


  • 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 working with radioactive material and requires to become an approved radiation worker