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Manufacturing Associate (Inoculum Prep) (NCI)



The Vaccine Clinical Materials Program (VCMP) is responsible for the overall direction of the operations/manufacturing of the vaccine and biotherapeutic development facility for the development of experimental therapeutics for pre-clinical and Phase I and II clinical trials targeting a range of infectious diseases.


Reporting to the Manager of Inoculum Prep, this position will:

  • Complete assigned tasks supporting manufacturing laboratory functions within the inoculum prep area
  • Perform aseptic techniques to maintain bacterial and mammalian cell cultures
  • Utilize CO2 incubators and a Biosafety Cabinet to maintain, manipulate and propagate cultures
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, analytical balance, portable pipettes, spectrophotometer and automated cell counter
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Complete batch production records under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Perform aseptic gowning
  • Document, in detail, through the use of Batch Production Records or laboratory notebooks, the processes and manufacturing steps taken during the procedures



To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education). Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
  • No experience is required with a Bachelor's degree
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Ability to be gown certified
  • Cleanroom and BL2 experience
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds and work in a BL2 environment
  • Ability to work 2nd or 3rd shift and weekends as needed/required


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Cell culture
  • Aseptic techniques
  • Media and/or buffer preparation
  • Preservation and cell storage
  • Ability to interface with Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Materials Management

Expected Competencies:

  • Entry role, contributing in a support capacity by receiving instruction, guidance and direction from others
  • Accountable for meeting own targets which impact the immediate work area
  • Impact is limited to short-term team performance
  • Responsible for planning own work, assessing own progress, and adjusting efforts to meet goals
  • Applied knowledge of standardized rules, procedures, and operations within own area
  • Determines a course of action based on guidelines and competence developed by performing structured work assignments
  • Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems, and occasionally requires basic problem solving techniques to define problems
  • Generally knowledgeable about the subject matter but may be required to interpret or clarify technical information to aid understanding

Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit The company's diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet.

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