Research Associate I, Lab Animal (REQ1924)

Research Associate I, Lab Animal

Job ID: req1924
Employee Type: exempt full-time
Facility: Frederick: Ft Detrick
Location: PO Box B, Frederick, MD 21702 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Accountability, Compassion, Collaboration, Dedication, Integrity and Versatility; it's the FNL way.

Position Overview:


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.

  • Performing colony management of rodent colonies and conducting of complex experimental procedures in conventional facilities
  • Maintenance of real time animal colony database (FACILITY)
  • Designing optimal breeding strategies
  • Independently designing and scheduling experimental studies
  • Perform experiments including surgical procedures, utilizing experimental compounds, chemical carcinogens and biological hazards
  • Perform injections via various routes
  • Monitoring phenotypes and treatment responses
  • Collecting blood and tissues
  • Tumor measuring
  • Coordinating shipment of live animals and specimens
  • 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 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 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
  • Understanding of Mendelian genetics
  • Experience in rodent breeding colony management and associated procedures
  • Experience in performing experimental procedures
  • Ability to maintain precise, accurate records
  • 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 wear lift and carry up to 50 lbs and wear personal protective equipment
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a 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
  • Excellent observation and organization skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Computer/data entry skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • AALAS certification

  • 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 atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance
  • This position is subject to working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for extended periods of time requiring medical clearance
  • 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
  • This position is subject to working with radioactive material and requires to become an approved radiation worker

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


Frederick, MD 21701, US