Senior Research Scientist

Washington, D.C.
Jun 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

A Senior Research Scientist position is available in the developmental genetics laboratory of Dr. Sally A. Moody in the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology is home to some of the University’s leading educators and researchers. As a modern biomedical research department, faculty members direct NIH-funded projects, with a focus on molecular, cellular, developmental, and physiological aspects in the field of stem cell and regenerative biology. We are studying various aspects of the genetic control of neural ectoderm formation and pre-placodal ectoderm formation. A special emphasis is on discovering new genes that may contribute to branchio-oto-renal syndrome, a birth defect characterized by dysmorphology of the branchial arches, ear and kidney. We are particularly interested in genes that act as co-factors for Six1 as well as genes that are direct targets of Six1. The Senior Research Scientist will report to the Principal Investigator and will function independently. Specific responsibilities include:

- Designs and conducts experiments in a laboratory setting;
- Collects and analyzes data;
- Prepares reports (manuscripts, progress reports, seminars, posters).
- Publishes and presents reports and research papers;
- Develops new theories and methodologies;
- Serves as team leader for the projects on branchio-oto-renal syndrome targets of Six1 transcription factor; and
- 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:

Requires a master’s degree/PhD and at least 8 years of experience in the field or in a related area; as well as two years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work to be performed. Experience must include planning, conducting and reporting as primary responsibilities.

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

Post-Doctoral experience.
Ph.D. in Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or related field is preferred but not required.
Experience planning, conducting and reporting of experimental data.
Extensive experience in developmental genetics and/or molecular biology is a plus. Experience in nervous system and/or craniofacial development in Xenopus or mouse is strongly preferred.
Extensive experience in developmental genetics and/or molecular biology is a plus. Preference will be given to experience in nervous system and/or craniofacial development in Xenopus or mouse.


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 5 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 9-6 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: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000294 Job Open Date: 05/01/2017 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.

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    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. List of Publications
    3. Names and Contact Information for References
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