Flow Cytometry Technician (NCI)

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The Basic Science Program (BSP) pursues independent, multidisciplinary research in basic and applied molecular biology, immunology, retrovirology, cancer biology, and human genetics.  Research efforts and support are an integral part of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR).


The Flow Cytometry Core (Flow Core) of the Cancer & Inflammation Program (CIP) is a service core which supports the research efforts of the CCR by providing expertise in the field of flow cytometry (using analyzers and sorters) with the goal of gaining a more thorough understanding of the biology of cancer and cancer cells.  The Flow Core provides service to 12-15 CIP laboratories and more than 22 non-CIP laboratories.  Flow core staff provide technical advice on the experimental design of applications, which include immunological phenotyping, cell function assays, and cell cycle analysis.  Work is performed per customer requirements, and no independent research is involved.

The Flow Cytometry Technician will be responsible for: 

  • Monitor performance of and maintain high dimensional flow cytometer analyzers and cell sorters
  • Operate high dimensional flow cytometer analyzers and cell sorters
  • Monitoring lab supply levels and order lab supplies, perform various record keeping responsibilities
  • Assist in the training of scientific end users on the use of flow cytometry in their research, as well as how to operate and troubleshoot the bench-top analyzer instruments
  • Experience with sterile technique and tissue culture



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) in a field related to biomedical research.  (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for US equivalency.  
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of five (5) years related biomedical experience
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Previous work experience in a fluorescence cell sorting
  • Experience with BD flow cytometers and DIVA software

Expected Competencies:

  • Ability to work alone and in a team environment
  • Requires analytical problem solving abilities
  • Basic understanding of flow cytometry principles and multiparametric instrumentation

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