Research Associate I- Physicochemical Characterization
The Cancer Research Technology Program (CRTP) develops and implements emerging technology, cancer biology expertise and research capabilities to accomplish NCI research objectives. The CRTP is an outward-facing, multi-disciplinary hub purposed to enable the external cancer research community. A major focus of the CRTP is the NCI RAS Initiative with the goal to discover new therapeutic interventions against RAS-driven cancers. In addition, the CRTP hosts the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL) which performs and standardizes preclinical efficacy and toxicity testing of nanoparticles intended for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, and the Antibody Characterization Lab (ACL) which characterizes monoclonal antibodies or other renewable affinity binding reagents for use in cancer related research. CRTP scientists also work collaboratively with intramural NCI investigators to provide research technologies and expertise.
The Nanotechnology Characterization Lab (NCL) serves as a national resource and knowledge base for all cancer researchers to facilitate the regulatory review of nanotechnologies intended for cancer therapies and diagnostics. By providing the critical infrastructure and characterization services to nanomaterial providers, the NCL accelerates the transition of basic nanoscale particles and devices into clinical applications.
The Research Associate I will:
- Assist NCL scientists in the physicochemical characterization and development of new analytical methods for evaluating nanomedicines
- Perform daily operation of TEM and TRPS instruments
- Be responsible for formal reporting of data including presentations
- Stay abreast of current research techniques and remain knowledgeable in pertinent areas through reading literature and by attending scientific presentations
- Possession of an BA/BS degree from an accredited college/university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related field (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
- In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of two (2) years related biomedical experience
- Experience with physicochemical characterization of nanoparticles using methods such as TEM, cryo-TEM, TRPS, and QCM-D
- Ability to perform complex assignments independently as well as work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team
- Experience writing scientific narratives to accompany data