The George Washington University invites applications from those interested in contributing to its vibrant research program at the George Washington Cancer Center (GWCC) and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM). The GWCC (https://cancercenter.gwu.edu/) brings together the resources of the George Washington University, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and the GW University Hospital to expand current research efforts in the fight against cancer and to position our institution as the premier cancer care provider in the Washington, D.C. area. On the other hand, the MITM (https://smhs.gwu.edu/microbiology/) is a leading program in the HIV space, with pioneering fundamental, basic and translational research for HIV/AIDS. It is spearheading efforts for developing a sterilizing cure for the disease.
Within these programs, the Cruz and Bosque laboratories are seeking to hire a Research Associate to aid in collaborative research in the HIV and cancer space. More specifically, the laboratories are seeking to hire someone to work with in vivo models that test the efficacy of cell and immune therapies for HIV and cancer. 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. Other responsibilities include:
- Performs molecular biology experiments and cell culture experiments.
- Performs animal healthcare/assurance by monitoring status, regular testing of biological material, isolating animals when necessary and maintains immune compromised animals.
- Maintains mouse colonies, husbandry, genotyping, breeding, weaning of pups, ear tagging.
- Communicates with the IACUC, the research animal facilities staff, and collaborators about ongoing experiments or any concerns with the animals
- Performing in vivo mouse work as dictated by the needs of assessing efficacy of HIV- and cancer-related immunotherapies including intravenous, intramuscular, intradermal, subcutaneous, stereotactic/orthotopic, and intratumoral injection of tumor cells, HIV-infected cells, immune cells, and therapeutic agents.
- Irradiates mice and administers lymphodepleting agents or other investigative agents.
- Images and weighs mice. Measures palpable tumor volumes with a caliper.
- Harvests lymph nodes and other lymphoid organs, spleens, bone marrow, and relevant organs from animals after the experiments and performs paraffin embedding/sectioning of organs/tissues from mice.
- Perform immunological assays on samples obtained from animals.
- Collects blood samples and processes blood samples from patients and healthy donors.
- Genetically modifies cells.
- Trains staff.
- Assists with lab upkeep through shared laboratory jobs and purchasing animals through approved vendors.
- 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.
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:
Experience working in a laboratory environment.
A suitable candidate would have work experience and expertise in working with mice, and experience working with humanized mice.
Typical Hiring Range $53007 - $68275 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?
II. POSITION INFORMATION
Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Laboratory Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 1
Hours Per Week:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30
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
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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.
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.