Research Associate (req2183)

Posted: 10/8/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Job ID: req2183


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Directorate's mission is to provide scientific leadership and laboratory infrastructure to study immune responses to Human Papillomavirus (HPV), SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccines as well as other cancer preventive strategies in the context of clinical and pre-clinical studies.


The Vaccine, Immunity and Cancer Program is looking for Research Associate I or II to conduct serology testing for SARS-CoV-2. The aims of this project are to produce critical assay reagents and perform serology and other immune assays for assessment of immune responses to infection.

The Research Associate I/II will:

  1. Be responsible for sample management;
  2. Optimize and validate procedures and methodologies for assessment of immune responses to infections and vaccines;
  3. Plan experiments and conduct testing of large number of samples from clinical studies;
  4. With limited supervision, design and implement protocols, as well as troubleshoot assays and experiments independently,
  5. Evaluate, analyze and compile data, maintain databases,
  6. Be responsible for routine QC/QA procedures, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment and inventories;
  7. Prepare reports, present data and participate in report and proposal preparation;
  8. Remain current on literature and relevant laboratory techniques.


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

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • 2 years of laboratory experience for RAI; 5 years experience for RAII


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Experience in standard tissue culture and immunological/virological techniques, including: aseptic techniques, cell line maintenance, production of plasmids and virus-like particles, western-blot, ELISA, Luminex assays, virus neutralization assays and PCR
  • Experience in immune assay (ELISA, multiplex assays) development and validation
  • Experience handling large data sets, statistics, software tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience in laboratories operating under GCLP/GMP/GLP/CLIA
  • Experience using robotics
  • Experience with electronic documentation systems and LIMS


  • Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemical or biological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used.

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