Research Assistant

George Washington University - Foggy Bottom, DC4.0

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 Assistant for Dr.Chiappinelli’s laboratory at the George Washington Cancer Center ( and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Chiappinelli’s laboratory focuses on the epigenetic control of gene expression in cancer, specifically of immune signaling in and from tumor cells. Our goal is to use epigenetic therapies to harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer.

This research support position contributes to research/development by assisting with experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. The core responsibilities of this position include assisting with data collection and administration of experimental procedures, and assisting with administrative aspects of preparing manuscripts for publication. This position may perform some lab maintenance duties as a secondary function. This role typically works under immediate supervision, and the primary job functions do not require exercising independent judgment.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide assistance to research scientist, postdoctoral scientists and lab manager
  • Optimize, develop, qualify and execute the following assays: basic tissue culture, PCR, quantitative RT-PCR, western blots, and flow cytometry.
  • General maintenance of the laboratory. Maintain Good Laboratory Practice, comply with biosafety guidelines, keep inspection records and generate SOPs and reports.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot equipment
  • Work closely with graduate students
  • Participate in group meetings and present data
  • Other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Incumbent is expected to work well as part of a team and have enthusiasm for the practice of science.

Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS 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:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field.

Experience: Previous laboratory experience (during undergraduate education or post-undergraduate).

Preferred qualifications include: experience handling laboratory animals, experience in immunology-based and molecular biology techniques including flow cytometry, quantitative RT-PCR, nucleic acid extractions, cell culture, and aseptic technique.

Typical Hiring Range $17.25 - $23.91 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 Service and Support
Level Level 2
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Position Designation: Non-Essential: Employees who are not required to work unless directed to do so by their supervisor.
Telework: No
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: R000705
Job Open Date: 12/20/2018

Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

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.