Chenega Corporation Researcher I (Immunology) - FDA in Silver Spring, Maryland


Company Job Title:


Chenega Job Title:

Research Associate III




Silver Spring, MD

Reports To:

Program Manager

FLSA Status:

Exempt, Full Time, Regular

Prepared Date:


Approved Date:



Chenega Professional & Technical Services (CPTS) is seeking a Researcher I to support the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT) Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies (DCGT). FDA/CBER’s mission is to protect and advance public health by ensuring the safety and efficacy of cell therapy products. To support this mission, OTAT/DCGT conducts research to improve characterization of regenerative medicine therapies. Section 3011 of the 21st Century Cures Act supports qualification of drug development tools. Currently, DCGT is working to improve methods for characterization of stem-cell based products. This work will require laboratory and investigative procedures using techniques such as flow cytometry, morphological assessment of cells, protein and gene expression assay development, and cell and tissue culture.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position)

  • Independently plan, develop, implement, and manage all experiments and protocols under study.

  • Perform, with technical dependence, basic and advanced flow cytometry procedures such as instrument start up and performance characteristics (QC/QA), cell staining, sample acquisition.

  • Design gating strategies and data analysis using different software e.g. FlowJo.

  • Optimize and conduct sophisticated analysis of morphological and flow cytometric data including principal component analysis for quantitative cell biology measurements.

  • Keep abreast of pertinent literature and incorporate appropriate concepts and techniques into research activities and experiments.

  • Collect, record, organize, and analyze experimental data. Summarize progress for presentation at Branch and Division meetings and at research conferences, and submit results for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

  • Aid in general maintenance of the flow cytometry and cell counting instruments by working with other members of staff to keep the laboratory a safe and clean working environment and replenishing used supplies from stocks as needed.

  • Maintain thorough and complete government-owned records of experiments, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and data in hard copy laboratory notebooks, as well as in electronic versions made available to the PI and other individuals in the laboratory.

Non-Essential Duties:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Minimum Qualifications:(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.)

  • Graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning (major in science).

  • Minimum of four years of experience working with immunology.

  • Minimum of two years of experience in flow cytometry.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A strong background and experience in laboratory research techniques.

  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to analyze, interpret, and present study data coupled with an aptitude for learning.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.


  • Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment.

  • During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise.

Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Native preference under PL 93-638.

We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.


Organization: Chenega Professional & Technical Services

Title: Researcher I (Immunology) - FDA

Location: Maryland-Silver Spring

Requisition ID: 1800003756