Research Associate

George Washington University - Foggy Bottom, DC4.0

Full-time$53,000 - $68,000 a year
GW’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM) conducts innovative, fundamental, basic and translational research for HIV/AIDS and neglected conducts innovative, fundamental, basic and translational research for HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. MITM has a strong tradition of training and policy advocacy for these infectious and parasitic diseases, which initiate and perpetuate poverty and suffering worldwide. Additional information on MITM can be found at the following link:
MITM is searching for a full-time Research Associate for Dr. Khan’s laboratory. Dr. Khan’s main interest is on studying the development and maintenance of CD8+ T cell immunity against Toxoplasma gondii which is a major opportunistic infection in HIV infected population, as individuals sero-positive for the parasite are susceptible to reactivation of chronic parasitic infection. Using a mouse model of toxoplasmic encephalitis, our laboratory recently reported that CD4 and CD8 T cell exhaustion can be a major cause for reactivation of latent parasitic infection. For coming years, the mechanisms involved in CD4 and CD8 T cell exhaustion/ dysfunctionality and the measures needed to restore the functionality of these cells is one of the major focuses of the laboratory.
This position independently carries out research/development activities by designing and conducting experiments in a controlled laboratory setting, under general guidance from the Principal Investigator. Using a certain degree of creativity and latitude, the core responsibilities of this position include making detailed observations, analyzing data, and interpreting results. This position compiles results and prepares technical reports and documentation of outcomes. This role is familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Working under general supervision, this position typically reports to a Principal Investigator. The individual will be responsible for the management of mice breeding colonies and will perform diverse experiments including cell culture maintenance, cell preparation from animal tissues, real-time PCR and flow cytometry analysis.

Responsibilities include:
  • Supervises the management of mice breeding colonies.
Performs mammalian cells maintenance in vitro and primary T cell preparation from animal tissues.
  • Plans ,schedules and conducts experiments consistent with the timeline and objectives of ongoing research projects.
  • Responsible for the general laboratory upkeep, orders supplies and maintains equipment.
  • Prepares manuscripts under the general supervision of Principal Investigator.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree and 1 year of experience in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to follow a set procedure and ability to work both as a team and independently.
Be highly enthusiastic to learn new techniques.
Experience handling laboratory animals is preferred as the work includes handling mice several hours every day including ear clipping and tagging for genotyping studies, inoculation as well as colony population management.
Experience in nucleic acid extraction and Q-PCR and mammalian cell culture are preferred.
Preference will be given to applicants with skills in immunology-based techniques like flow cytometry.

Typical Hiring Range $53007 - $68275 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Laboratory Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 1
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.

Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: R000722
Job Open Date: 02/06/2019

Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
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EEO Statement:
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.