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Job #: R-00030377
Location: Bethesda, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Health

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Job Description:

Leidos has a potential opening for an In Vivo Laboratory Manager to support the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Experimental Therapeutics Branch, Department of Drug Discovery. The In Vivo Laboratory Manager will develop, optimize, validate, and perform all aspects of in vivo models in various animal species (to include but not limited to mice, hamsters, and non-human primates). This position will formulate and administer drugs using different routes of administration, such as inter-peritoneal (IP), orally (PO), intravenous (IV) and intra-muscularly (IM) as needed, and analyze and summarize experimental data for reports, publications, posters, and presentations. The Lab Manager will compile the data into a suitable format for upload into the LIM, prepare supply orders for approval, and ensure that all lab equipment is maintained and serviced as required.

*This position is contingent upon contract award

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as the laboratory manager for the in vitro laboratories in the Department of Drug Discovery and shall maintain a safe working environment and adhere to applicable safety regulations.
  • Participate in project planning (goals timelines, and resource management) and ensure achievement of the project goals in a timely manner and within budget.
  • Provide in vivo testing support for drug discovery
  • Maintain a chemical and sample inventory and a lab SDS folder in accordance with safety regulations.
  • Develop, optimize, validate, and perform in vivo models in various animal species (to include but not limited to mice, hamsters, and non-human primates) for various therapeutic areas (to include but not limited to malaria, leishmania, and drug-resistant bacteria).
  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of validation packets for the in vivo models.
  • Oversee animal procurement and scheduling within the Animal Management System and applicable Departmental testing schedules.
  • Acquire all training required for ALAC accreditation as an animal handler
  • Acquire all training required to participate on IACUC animal protocols for the in vivo models as needed.
  • Generate detailed experimental protocols and contribute to IACUC animal protocols for the in vivo models as needed.
  • Maintain a database to record all results from the in vivo assays and upload the data into LIMS.
  • Attend and present at relevant national scientific conferences as required.

Basic Qualifications

  • MS Degree in microbiology, biomedical field, or related field from an accredited university along with 8 years of relative experience.
  • Must have all training required for ALAC accreditation and the training required to participate in an IACUC approved protocol as an animal handler
  • Work may involve long periods of standing and handling of BSL1 and/or BSL2 level infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and blood-borne pathogens.
  • Ability to operate research equipment requiring manual dexterity. Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Ability to handle research animals.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with ability to obtain Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing lab operations for GOGO (Government owned Government operated) Lab. 
  • Experience working in a military research setting.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services 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 annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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