Research Associate (NCI) (655725)

  • 07/04/2018
U.S. Citizen / Must Be Clearable

Job Description

Location: GAITHERSBURG MD US 20878 Description:


The Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory (CGR) investigates the contribution of germline and somatic genetic variation to cancer susceptibility and outcomes in support of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)'s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). Working in concert with epidemiologists, biostatisticians and basic research scientists in DCEG’s intramural research program, CGR provides the capacity to conduct genome-wide discovery studies and targeted regional approaches to identify the heritable determinants of various forms of cancer. This includes the design and analysis of high throughput studies using various types of “–omics” technologies such as array- and sequence-based genome-wide association studies, studies of tumor characteristics using integrated genomic data analysis, and molecular epidemiologic studies based on novel metabolomic and microbiomic assays.


CGR is seeking a detail-oriented person to perform biospecimen aliquotting for its investigators, including the following activities:

  • Management and proper handling of a diverse collection of biospecimens
  • Creation of aliquots via methods that maximize processing efficiency and minimize sample handling variability
  • Data management activities that record creation of aliquots and depletion of original specimens, including working with existing database resources (cgr lims and bsi)
  • Interact with senior investigators and testing laboratories to set clear project objectives and documentation of project plans
  • Participate in all facets of biospecimen management, including sample handling, quantification, and quality assessment using a number of automation platforms and equipment
  • Perform processes guided by a laboratory information management system (lims)
  • Be responsible for carrying out, documenting and reporting results for a variety of procedures and assays in the laboratory, many of which are governed by sops
  • Participate in the writing and review of laboratory sops
  • Perform independently, or with other group members, after overall objectives, techniques and potential problems are discussed with the LBR supervisor



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 or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (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 experience in a related field – molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry or other life science
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Biospecimen aliquotting and handling
  • Laboratory liquid handling automation
  • Experience with Biological Specimen Inventory database (BSI)

Expected Competencies:

  • Basic use of a standard Windows-based PC
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Excel including sorting and verification functions
  • General laboratory safety knowledge
  • General life science lab knowledge

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