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Laboratory Technician - Molecular Diagnostics

Job Description:

Position is with:

Two molecular diagnostics clinical laboratory scientist technologist positions are available in the Laboratory of Pathology (LP) within the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) of the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CCR and LP provides patient care and clinical research support for the NIH Clinical Center 240-bed hospital as well as clinical research support for the Institutes of the NIH.  The molecular diagnostics technologist performs high complexity molecular diagnostics tests in the LP.

The technologists will perform extraction of DNA and RNA from blood or other biological fluids, and paraffin embedded tissues, tissue macrodissection, extraction using automated instruments, PCR related clinical assays (including PCR, RT-PCR, quantitative real-time PCR, droplet digital PCR), and Next-generationsequence (NGS) analysis or methylation microarrays. The position is required to follow the standard operating procedures, maintain quality assurance and clinical laboratory information management system, and have great knowledge of good laboratory practices.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required: B.S./B.A. or equivalent
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Contractor Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience

REQUIRED SKILLS: The requirements for these positions are a bachelor’s degree or higher in Clinical Laboratory Science, Molecular Biology, Human Genetics or Chemistry with a minimum 3 years’ experience of working in molecular diagnostics, molecular biology or molecular genetics labs. Must have the following skills: nucleic acid extraction, PCR, NGS or microarrays.

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research:

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter

Additional Application Information:

The technologist positions are being recruited as a full-time, long-term contractor employees. To be considered for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to Dr. Liqiang Xi at

Contact Name: Liqiang Xi, M.D.

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Liqiang Xi, M.D.,

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