Laboratory Assistant


Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center is a collaboration between the GW Hospital, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW to expand GW’s efforts in the fight against cancer. The GW Cancer Center also incorporates all existing cancer-related activities at GW, serving as a platform for future cancer services and research development.

The Director of the GW Cancer Center, Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor, is an internationally recognized visionary in the field of lymphoma research and treatment. His primary area of research is immunobiology and immunotherapy of B-cell malignancies, with special emphasis on the design of novel immunotherapeutic approaches for these diseases. Clinically, Sotomayor has a particular interest in mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive subtype of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He has developed an extensive portfolio of basic, translational, and clinical research initiatives for this disease.

The Laboratory Assistant provides support in the lab under the general supervision of the Research Associate.

Duties include:
-Maintain mouse colonies at Dr. Sotomayor’s laboratory. Including: weaning cages, tag and genotype specific colonies. Maintain breeding cages under Dr. Sotomayor’s protocols.
-Make stocking solution such as 10X PBS and 10X TAE buffer, etc. Taking responsibility of glass wash, autoclave and other routine lab affairs.
- Assist laboratory members with experiments such as:
1) Cell culture
2) Western blotting
3) Co-Immunoprecipitation
5) Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
6) Genomic DNA extraction & purification
7) PCR
8) mRNA extraction
9) Quantitative realtime PCR
10) Intraperitoneal injection of research mice
11) Intravenous injection of research mice
12) Subcutaneous injection of research mice
13) Purification of lymphocytes, monocytes and granulocytes from research mice
14) Culture, stimulate and treat primary cells from research mice

-This position performs other 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:

High school diploma/GED, or equivalent combination of training and experience, is necessary, or a bachelor’s degree.

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

Experience in animal care and lab techniques including Cell culture, Western blotting, Co-Immunoprecipitation, ELISA, Chromatin Immunoprecipitation, Genomic DNA extraction & purification, PCR, mRNA extraction, Quantitative realtime PCR,
Intraperitoneal injection of research mice,
Intravenous injection of research mice, Subcutaneous injection of research mice,
Purification of lymphocytes, monocytes and granulocytes from research mice, Culture, stimulation and treatment of primary cells from research mice.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Support Stream Service and Support Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 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: R000346 Job Open Date: 08/04/2017 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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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Names and Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3