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Research Assistant


Job Requisition:Research Assistant

Job Description:

The Bio-Behavioral Research Operation of Leidos is currently looking for a Research Assistant to support biological research in support of the Biological Defense Research Directorate (BDRD) at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) in Frederick, MD.  The BDRD within NMRC facilitates biological research for the rapid detection of infectious diseases of global importance and the enhancement of global disease surveillance for early pathogen detection and response.

Primary Responsibilities

The ideal candidate shall:

  • Perform laboratory research projects including collection and organization of data.
  • Record detailed observations about experiments. 
  • Provide basic data analysis and interpretation.
  • Assist with the preparation of technical reports, summaries, and protocols.
  • Maintain clear and accurate laboratory records, inventories and logbooks.
  • Perform data entry for research projects and maintain databases.
  • Maintain compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures. 
  • Provide leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  • Provide quality control, trouble shooting and maintenance of specialized reagents and equipment.
  • Gain admittance to the Biological Personal Reliability Program including submitting to all interviews, tests, trainings, and any additional requests for working in a Biosafety Level (BSL)-3 suite.
  • Maintain supplies in the laboratory and keeps the laboratory area clean.

  • Work is to be primarily performed on a government installation. The normal work week is Monday through Friday 0800 to 1630.
  • There may be long periods of standing and sitting; as well as handling various chemicals. Working nights and weekends may be periodically necessary for experiments.

Basic Qualifications

  • The candidate will be required to acquire, at a minimum, a SECRET classification access level.  Preference will be given to a candidate who already has this clearance level.
  • Due to Federal contract requirements, US citizenship is required.
  • Candidates must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in a scientific discipline. 
  • Candidates must have 0-2 years of relevant laboratory experience.
  • Candidates must have knowledge of standard laboratory techniques; ability to follow general instructions; good communication and analytical skills; and must comply with all safety procedures and training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated evidence of scientific achievement as shown by the publication of articles and reports and membership in scientific societies
  • Knowledge of and experience writing and editing technical and scientific research information
  • Demonstrated ability to speak well and concisely and confer with professional colleagues on a peer basis. 

External Referral Bonus:Ineligible

Potential for Telework:No

Clearance Level Required:Secret


Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


Requisition Category:Professional

Job Family:Laboratory Scientist



Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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