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Biomedical Research and Training Support- Ft. Detrick, MD (ID# 15421)

Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) delivers a broad spectrum of professional management consulting services to its defense, health, environmental and civilian agency clients. To assist clients in achieving their goals, CNA provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including health information technology, research & science, program management, communications, correspondence and document management, governance and administrative support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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Support USAMRIID to train clinical laboratory professionals in partner nation in both clinical microbiology/serology and integration of new technologies into existing concepts of operations


  • Supports USAMRIID infectious disease clinical laboratory training efforts around the world by developing and implementing training projects that sustain and strengthen regional integration of biodefense, academia, and public health interests
  • Work to expand USAMRIID’s clinical laboratory training network by facilitating sustained bio-engagement collaborations, leveraging existing collaborative relationships with private and state research institutions
  • Write and submit reports summarizing clinical training efforts through USAMRIID channels
  • Will present data and training outcomes at scientific meetings in accordance with USAMRIID and MCS policy
  • Independently perform technical writing for studies and training plans of infectious diseases of military concern, based on directions provided by supervisor/COR
  • Analyze experimental results and report to supervisor/COR
  • Maintain knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and techniques and of relevant fields including general infectious disease, biodefense, medical countermeasures, clinically relevant diagnostic assay development and testing; maintain a deep general knowledge of microbiology, viral and bacterial pathogens, molecular biology and a specific knowledge of genome sequencing including Next Generation Sequencing and genomic analysis
  • Create and maintain inventory of teaching materials, to include laboratory reagents and supplies when needed
  • Provide required written materials to include, but not limited to: trip reports, training event plans/reports, training documents (e.g. SOPs, modules, attendee rosters, pre- & post-training tests, project metric status, training needs assessments, etc.)
  • Work independently while coordinating with other government contractors and government employees
  • Maintain and report accurate and appropriate work hour records
  • Perform travel (national and international) in support of the training program. International travel destinations may include, but are not limited to sites within Africa and South East Asia. Travel may entail that the candidate work variable work schedules, to include weekends
  • Perform development of diagnostic assays as appropriate in support of USAMRIID research programs
  • Assist with inventories of laboratory specimens and reagents
  • Maintain daily laboratory records and equipment notebooks
  • Be responsible for retaining documentation in notebooks, inventory logs, maintenance records, equipment performance records, and other laboratory quality data
  • Work at biosafety level 2 through 4 (BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4) conditions including assisting conducting in vitro and in vivo experiments in various animal models. Enrollment in the Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP) for handling select agents is required and must be maintained. Due to the requirement to enroll in a BPRP program, the contractor shall be able to pass a DoD BPRP health and security screening
  • Experience with basic biological techniques, including sterile technique, using a pipet to aliquot samples, and comfort with automation for high throughput sample processing
  • Position(s) will involve thawing clinical samples, making sample aliquots, entering sample information into the database, and refreezing the samples for long term storage; therefore the position(s) will require exquisite attention to detail and equanimity
  • Due to the sensitive material that is presented and the sensitive locations that this position will travel, the contractor will be required to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance


No supervisory/management authority or describe supervision


  • Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP or AMT) or eligible to sit for the exam within 1 year of employment
  • Minimum of a AS degree or postsecondary certificate or 50 week military program of Medical Laboratory Technician with 2 or more years of experience in a high complexity testing clinical laboratory or in a research setting
  • Desired experience in Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Coagulation and Microbiolgy
  • Knowledge of GLP work
  • Familiar with 42 CFR Part 493, CLIA and CAP standards
  • Favorably adjudicated Single Scoped Background Investigation (SSBI) completed
  • FBI Security Risk Assessment (SRA) completed and approved
  • Obtain and maintain a valid U.S. passport
  • Sufficient education and experience to understand the science in order to facilitate planning and execution of the project
  • Proven experience meeting deadlines and standards


  • Obtain and maintain Secret clearance
  • Enroll and maintain BPRP
  • Pass DoD BPRP health and security screening
  • Highly organized self-starter with excellent customer service skills
  • Articulate and confident
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good handwriting
  • Ability to gather project requirements and expectations for all levels of management to include in the project plan
  • Must be a US Citizen


This position is primarily performed in laboratory space


Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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