Research Associate (NCI)

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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.


The Research Associate I is primarily responsible for performing colony management of rodent colonies and conducting of complex experimental procedures in conventional facilities:

  • Maintenance of rodent colonies by weaning, clipping, tagging, and management of animal colony database
  • Genotyping of animals by PCR strategies
  • Designing optimal breeding strategies
  • Independently scheduling experimental studies
  • Performing experiments including surgical procedures and utilizing experimental compounds and chemical carcinogens
  • Performing injections of compounds or tumor cells via various routes
  • Monitoring phenotypes and treatment responses
  • Collecting blood and tissues
  • Tumor measuring and maintenance of tumor data by relevant software
  • Superb technical proficiency, judgment and organizational skills are required to effectively manage a significant and complex workload.
  • Assignments are performed independently with little direct supervision and following all applicable regulations, policies, procedures and standards governing animal welfare. 
  • Work involves the use of potentially hazardous material or may be located in areas where such materials are used. 
  • Work may require the use of personal protective equipment and requires adherence to strict safety protocols.
  • Schedule may include weekend and holiday hours



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 the biomedical or veterinary sciences (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • In addition to the educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of laboratory animal technical experience
  • Experience in rodent colony management and associated procedures such as weaning, ear tagging and tail/ear sample collection
  • Understanding of Mendelian genetics
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding organizational, observational, problem solving and computer/data entry skills
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate closely with the NCI customer and with management in a demanding environment. 
  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for animal facilities and the basic requirements for maintaining laboratory animals and performing scientific procedures involving animal testing and data collection
  • Ability to lift to 50 lbs. and to wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary
  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate computer records and maintain/update data in computer-based applications/databases
  •  Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Basic skills or ability to quickly learn to perform injections via various routes, tissue harvesting and blood collection Ability to multi-task
  • Computer/data entry skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to perform fine surgical techniques
  • Molecular biology skills (DNA extraction, PCR)

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