Research Technician II/III , Cell Culture (in vivo)
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Rockville, MD - Rockville, MD
Full Time
Bachelors Degree
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About us

Champions Oncology provides an end-to-end range of oncology research and development solutions and services that improve the productivity of drug development. As a growing Contract Research Organization (CRO), our work environment is fast-paced, challenging and ever adapting to meet the needs and timelines of our pharmaceutical-clients. Our team is passionate and self-motivated working together to accelerate the challenges of oncology drug development and ultimately improve patients’ lives around the world. 

Job classification and location: Full-time, hourly (non-exempt) in Rockville, MD.  


Job overview

Support Ex-vivo / In-vivo oncology studies as a member of the in vivo Cell Culture Team. Duties and responsibilities are: 

  • Responsible for inventory and culturing of human and mouse cancer cell lines for cell line xenograft studies
  • Perform basic and advanced cell culture, including culturing primary cells and characterizing their growth
  • Produce, maintain, and characterize cultured cells, as directed
  • Conduct Leukopak PBMC sample processing
  • Prepare AML and ALL cells for TOS in vitro and in vivo studies
  • Prepare CAR-T and NK cells for TOS in vitro and in vivo studies
  • Work with automated cell counters
  • Efficiently plan and execute cell line scheduling for in vivo studies
  • Assist in developing scalable processes for upstream and cell culture development
  • Assist with identifying and proposing procedural changes to improve process performance, productivity, and efficiency
  • Assist in developing and implementing a cell culture training program to assure continuity of operations and activities
  • Analyze, interpret, and present data
  • Performs related general duties such as inventorying supplies and reagents, general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records
  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records using laboratory information management systems and Microsoft Office suite programs

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Research Technician II Minimum of 2 (BS) or 1 (MS) years of relevant laboratory experience preferred
  • Research Technician III Minimum of 4 (BS) or 2 (MS) years of relevant laboratory experience preferred
  • Preferred field of study in biology, or related sciences
  • Experience in contract research animal facility or industry setting is preferred
  • Exceptional aseptic technique with great understanding of the fundamentals of cell culture
  • Previous experience maintaining 3+ cell lines and 10+ culture plates simultaneously
  • Experience preparing reagents and dilutions
  • Comfortable performing laboratory-related arithmetic
  • Ability to work effectively and productively in a team-oriented environment while maintaining a strong sense of accountability, integrity and confidentiality
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound and accurate judgment in making timely decisions
  • Superior planning, organizational, computer, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to assist with other duties in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures
  • Ability to work flexible hours

Physical demands and  work environment

  • Must be able to sit and use hands to finger, handle and feel.
  • Must be able to lift and move packages weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time using a computer in a typical office environment in a multi-level facility
  • In carrying out the duties of the job there will be occasional exposure to fumes and chemical hazards.
  • Some activities require repetitive motion and reaching, pulling or pushing.
  • Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue in BSL-2 environment.

This job description may be changed to include new responsibilities and tasks or change existing ones as management deems necessary. 

Champions Oncology is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.