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Research Associate I (req1875)

Company: Frederick National Laboratory
Location: Frederick
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Job Description:


The Quantitative Molecular Diagnostic Core is looking for a Research Associate I to join our dynamic, interactive, multidisciplinary research team working on AIDS pathogenesis and development of treatments for prevention of HIV infection and AIDS through the use of nonhuman primate models. The successful candidate will be able to work in a team-oriented environment, consistently follow detailed protocols and instructions, and keep careful records. The successful candidate will utilize standard molecular biology techniques including, but not limited to, nucleic acid extraction, purification and quantification, PCR, reverse transcription, and quantitative PCR for the highly sensitive detection of low copy-number nucleic acid targets. Additionally, the successful candidate will be able to work, simultaneously, on several sample sets, adjusting to changing priorities as needed.

  • Receiving and proper storage of samples from internal and external sources
  • Proper sterile and molecular biology techniques for phase separation extraction of nucleic acids following a well-established, detailed protocol
  • Use of an established LIMS database for tracking of samples, creation of instrument files, analysis of data
  • Use of established protocols on a liquid handling robot for proper assay setup
  • Troubleshooting errors and/or difficult samples
  • Detailed written and/or verbal communication with supervisor regarding progress, data, technical issues and data analysis
  • Maintenance of an organized, contamination free work environment
  • Other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority


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) in biology, chemistry or a related field 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 two (2) years of progressively responsible experience
  • Experience with large sample sets and highly repetitive workflows is required
  • Experience with real-time PCR instruments, liquid handling robots and laboratory LIMS systems is highly desired
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • 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 or have the potential for exposure to VACCINIA VIRUS, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job

Keywords: Frederick National Laboratory, Frederick , Research Associate I (req1875), Other , Frederick, Maryland

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