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Molecular Pathology Technical Support- Ft. Detrick, MD (ID# 15431)

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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The 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 Molecular Pathology Technical Support position shall assist in the overall maintenance of the ultrastructural and molecular pathology laboratories and coordinate project support for the Molecular Pathology Department. The technician will work independently to assist in developing molecular pathology work plans and participate in budgeting forecasts. The technician must have experience in a variety of molecular techniques such as immunohistochemistry (IHC), in situ hybridization (ISH), immunofluorescent assays (IFA), as well as confocal microscopy, histopathology, and project management. The technician shall provide technical support to perform tissue accessioning, and routine and special histological processing on submitted cases.


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.


  • Assist the Molecular Pathology Department Manager in orientation, training, and scheduling of all assigned technicians
  • Ensure technicians meet all Institute training and laboratory biosafety requirements
  • Maintain training files as appropriate
  • Assist in leading and directing the maintenance and operation of the ultrastructural and molecular pathology laboratories
  • Ensure laboratories meet biosafety requirements and assigns laboratory responsibilities to others as needed
  • Ensure laboratories are fully stocked, operational, and meet all inspection requirements
  • Actively participate in development and coordination of molecular pathology work plans and budgets in coordination with the Chief, Molecular Pathology Department, Pathology Division
  • Accession submitted cases into the pathology database and perform database entry procedures utilizing computer hardware and software. Maintain accurate records of all specimens
  • Perform routine and special histological procedures involving specimen trim-in, processing, embedding, sectioning, staining, and archival of completed case materials
  • Operate and calibrate specialized equipment to ensure accurate, high quality results to meet stringent clinical, research and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) requirements
  • Evaluate, modify, or develop procedures to meet special requirements of particular research studies
  • Advise and train investigators on methods and materials needed to ensure proper tissue handling and collection, and preservation of specimens for a wide variety of histological, immunohistochemical, and special molecular procedures and assays
  • Perform required job-related training, to include GLP training, as necessary in accordance with Pathology Division policies and procedures
  • Recommend attending 1 scientific conference annually in order to obtain continuing education and to ensure cutting edge knowledge and techniques are maintained


No supervisory/management authority or describe supervision


  • HTL (Histotechnologist) – ASCP Certified or have significant relevant experience
  • AS degree
  • Previous experience with necropsy


  • 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
  • Variable work hours including occasional night and weekend hours


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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