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Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist- Ft. Detrick, MD (ID# 15432)

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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  1. principal objective of this division of pathology task is to assist in the conduct the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) medical training in the field of infectious disease and public health. The Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist will serve as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and Team Lead performing complex and general clinical pathology laboratory testing in support of USAMRIID’s Medical Countermeasure Test and Evaluation (MCM T&E) Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) BSL-4 containment laboratories, BSL 2-3 laboratories, and diagnostic laboratory. Contractor shall lead clinical pathology laboratory contract employees in accomplishing daily work assignments. The contractor will be responsible for maintenance, operation, and quality assurance and quality control aspects of all clinical laboratory equipment and tests in accordance with 21 CFR Part 58 (Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies) and criteria established by the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology’s (ASVCP) Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standard (QALs) guidelines. Familiarity with and implementation of guidelines contained in 42 CFR Part 493, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and standards established by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute and College of American Pathologists will also be required, and will be applied as needed. individual must be willing to develop and learn new techniques when required, and must demonstrate an acceptable level of performance independently carrying out clinical pathology laboratory support to USAMRIID. Task performance is evaluated based on the completeness, accuracy and timeliness of results, conformance to established policies, standards and objectives, and, effectiveness of communications and interpersonal skills.

The core mission at USAMRIID is to protect the warfighter from biological threats. Additionally USAMRIID also investigates disease outbreaks and threats to public health. Research conducted at USAMRIID leads to medical solutions, therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics and information that benefit both military personnel and civilians. USAMRIID is a subordinate laboratory of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command.


  • Serve as a Medical Laboratory Scientist performing and overseeing all aspects of the clinical pathology laboratory daily operations supporting USAMRIID research programs and testing of diagnostic laboratory specimens
  • Perform microbiological and related biological and bio-chemical examinations on clinical and environmental specimens for the detection and identification of microbial agents of disease
  • Perform hematological, chemistry, and coagulation tests of blood samples, including preparing blood smears and urinalysis testing, and to include generating sediment preparations
  • Provide oversight and review of test results and procedures
  • Check work in-progress and, when finished, check for compliance with supervisor instructions on work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines, and advise other employees to follow supervisor instructions and to meet deadlines
  • Perform proficiency testing on simulated specimens
  • Accurately evaluate, interpret and record the results of laboratory tests and control data IAW GLP SOPs and ASVCP QALs guidelines
  • Perform proper Quality Control and quality assurance procedures, equipment validation, daily/ weekly/monthly and other maintenance procedures, and appropriately maintain records, logs, and reports IAW GLP SOPs and ASVCP QALs guidelines
  • Recognize anomalies in test results and quality control data, including fluctuations over time, and be able to determine and correct the underlying cause(s). Record and log IAW GLP SOPs
  • Assist in research, planning and evaluation of alternate testing methods and procedures, assist with training of laboratory or other related personnel
  • Review and follow the current literature in laboratory medicine to maintain knowledge of state-of-the-art methodology and technologies
  • Assist in preparing the Clinical Pathology Lab for GLP audits and inspections by other regulatory agencies
  • Maintain the laboratory including keeping equipment and work areas in a clean, orderly, and safe manner, and maintaining inventories of laboratory supplies
  • Create and maintain laboratory and office documents including standard operating procedures (SOPs), logs for equipment use and supply purchases and inventory, and other paperwork as required by GLP SOPs
  • Maintain laboratory and office written records in a neat, accurate, and timely manner
  • The use of a computer for processing, analyzing, and storing data is required
  • Participate in meetings and give oral presentations related to assigned duties, as directed
  • Generate written summaries, reports and other documents as needed in support of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory
  • Provide accurate technical information to research scientists and laboratory animal veterinarians
  • Interact with the medical and non-medical community as needed to accomplish approved tasks
  • Abide by and conform to all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures established by Fort Detrick and the USAMRIID
  • Hold and maintain BPRP status


No supervisory/management authority or describe supervision


  • Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist by nationally recognized accreditation agency
  • BS degree (minimum)
  • 2 years post-graduate experience in a high through-put diagnostic clinical pathology laboratory (referral laboratory or hospital) or in a research setting
  • Experience in Chemistry, Hematology and Urinalysis
  • Desirable experience in Coagulation and Microbiology
  • Knowledge of or experience with GLP work
  • Familiar with 21 CFR Part 58 (Good Laboratory Practice for Nonclinical Laboratory Studies)
  • Familiar with QALs guidelines established by the ASVCP
  • Previous experience with necropsy


  • Favorable adjudication of Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed
  • FBI Security Risk Assessment (SRA) completed and approved
  • Enrollment in the Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP) for handling select agents is required and must be maintained
  • Ability to maintain, operate, troubleshoot and oversee a quality assurance program for all equipment and tests associated with the Clinical Pathology Laboratory
  • Highly organized self-starter with excellent customer service skills
  • Articulate and confident
  • Excellent organizational and documentation skills, to include time management
  • Provide oversight in a matrix team environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to gather project requirements and expectations for all levels of management to include in the project plan


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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