Research Associate

Washington, D.C.
Sep 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Laboratory for Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Research in the Department of Neurology is dedicated to “a world without MG.” To achieve that goal the Laboratory has a broad-based research program dedicated to understanding the pathogenesis of MG with a focus on development of new therapeutics. Our therapy development program spans pre-clinical programs, clinical trials, and biomarker discovery. We work closely with the clinicians of the GW Medical Faculty Associates Myasthenia Gravis Center and investigators across the United States and the world in academics and industry. Linda L. Kusner, Ph.D. directs the laboratory and is Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology. She has been a close collaborator of Dr. Kaminski’s for many years. Their complementary expertise in appreciation of the inadequacy of present therapies and the challenges in linking animal to human studies, make for a powerful team in therapeutic development. We use rats and mice, including transgenic mice, in assessment of experimentally acquired myasthenia gravis. We also perform human studies of circulating white blood cells, thymus, and serum. Some investigations are focused on biomarker discovery using miRNA profiling, and cytokine evaluation. A variety of methods are used including: immuno-fluorescent microscopy, ELISA, flow cytometry, qPCR, and behavioral assessments of animals.

The Department of Neurology is seeking a Research Associate with enthusiasm for the practice of science.

Duties include:

• Design, development and performance of advanced experimental assessment interrogating immune function in human samples and animal models. Experimental methods include but are not limited to splenic cell purification, PBMC purification, flow cytometry, proliferation assay, immune-fluorescent microscopy, ELISA, immunohistochemistryand tissue assessment
• Train users in equipment operation and research techniques
• Preparation of manuscripts for publication and assisting in grant applications
• Assurance of safe lab practices and cleanliness
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:

Require’s a master’s degree and 1 year of experience in the field or in a related area.

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

Excellent communication skills, master’s degree or higher in immunology or a related field, and at least 1 year of demonstrated experience in the lab techniques listed in the job description. The candidate is expected to work well as part of a team and have enthusiasm for the practice of science.


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 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 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: R000371 Job Open Date: 09/07/2017 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. Names and Contact Information for References
    Optional Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of Recommendation 1
    4. Letter of Recommendation 2
    5. Letter of Recommendation 3
    6. List of Publications


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