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Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

Scientific Supervisor, Extraction

Post Date:Feb 11, 2019Type:Full-Time
Start Date:2/11/2019Salary:
Location:US-MD-MONTGOMRY VLG Job Reference:req298

Job Description:

Scientific Supervisor, Extraction

Job ID: req298
Facility: Gaithersburg
Location: 8717 Grovemont Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and emerging infectious diseases. 

Position Overview:

The Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory (CGR) investigates the contribution of germline and somatic genetic variation to cancer susceptibility and outcomes in support of the 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.


  • Supervise a team responsible for high throughput and low throughput nucleic acid extractions
  • Organize and delegate duties and workload daily
  • Provide supervision and management of laboratory staff
  • Utilize molecular biology expertise to check the quality of work performed, troubleshoot any issues during extraction of existing protocol and communicate to the laboratory staff as required
  • Implement new protocols in concert with the technology development team, with an eye towards throughput, automation feasibility, and process consistency
  • Be skilled in using, testing, and troubleshooting automated liquid handlers
  • Ensure proper documentation of all laboratory processes performed by the team
  • Participate in all facets of the work done by the team
  • Address any non-conformances or opportunities for improvement by taking appropriate corrective actions in consultation with management, development teams, and other relevant staff members
  • Liaise with the staging laboratory to review the QC results of extracted samples
  • Use of LIMS for sample management
  • Hire and train new staff as required


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university (according to CHEA) in a field related to biomedical research. (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 three (3) to five (5) years of related molecular biology experience
  • Demonstrated experience in staff management and staff training
  • Ability to carry out a wide range of laboratory techniques and analyses, and troubleshoot with minimal supervision
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication-ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff and other groups within CGR
  • Proven ability to prioritize time and workload
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office products, general computer proficiency)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • DNA/RNA extraction from a variety of sample types
  • Good working knowledge of LIMS
  • Experience with robotics (use and maintenance, preferably with Tecan and/other DNA extraction systems)
  • Experience with FFPE extractions
  • Experience troubleshooting issues that arise with extraction of nucleic acids from blood, buccal and tissue samples
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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