Post-Doctoral Scientist

Washington, D.C.
Apr 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

GW’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM) 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 Post-Doctoral Scientist for Dr. Khan’s laboratory. Dr. Khan’s main interest is focused 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 CD8+ T cell exhaustion can be a major cause for reactivation of latent parasitic infection. For coming years, the mechanisms involved in 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 will assist in design, evaluation, and conducting experiments and research while receiving advanced training from the Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence.

Responsibilities include:
•Design, evaluate and conduct experiments.
•Assist in the development of new ideas that promote current research.
•Prepare and publish scientific manuscripts.
•Assist with grant writing.
•Work closely with students and supervise research staff as necessary.
•Operate specific equipment and train other laboratory personnel.
•Other general laboratory duties as needed.
•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:

Require’s a PhD in the field or in a related area.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

A recent Ph.D. in Immunology or related area.

A successful candidate will have impeccable aseptic technique and strong flow cytometry skills. Prior and documented evidence of molecular biology skills (real time PCR, RNA extraction and analysis) Preference will be given to persons with demonstrated experience in flow cytometry, tissue culture, T cell subset purification and experience handling laboratory animals. Ability to prepare research for publication and present at scientific meetings is essential. Excellent organizational and communication skills are a must. Enthusiasm for the practice of science and a passionate interest in the field. Clear communicator and organized thinker who is willing to collaborate with the head of laboratory to develop and execute a diverse research program.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm 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. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, cover letter, two letters of scientific reference, and optional statement of research goals and interests.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: RP000246 Job Open Date: 02/22/2017 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.

Posting Specific Questions
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    Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of Recommendation 1
    4. Letter of Recommendation 2
    Optional Documents
    1. Statement of Research Interest


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