Senior Research Assistant, Jose Lab

Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

GW’s Department of Medicine, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension has been at the forefront of innovative research and translating the research to patient care for the past 40 years. We participated in Modification of Diet in Renal Disease study and other innovative studies that revolutionized dialysis therapy. Following on this tradition, we are one of the four institutions in the United States that have been selected to explore novel and innovative therapies in patients with kidney disease. Empowered by the knowledge that comes from research and a painstakingly built infrastructure, we bring state-of-the-art services to our patients. As a tertiary care center, we provide a wide array of services and offer second opinions regarding a variety of diseases to those who seek it.

The division is searching for a full-time Senior Research Assistant in Dr. Jose’s laboratory. The lab focuses on the role of dopamine and adrenergic receptor subtypes and dopamine regulatory genes (e.g., G protein-coupled receptor kinase 4 [GRK4], sorting nexins, gastrin) on sodium transport in specific nephron segments and their roles in the pathogenesis of genetic hypertension and metabolic syndrome in humans and animal models of these diseases.

The Senior Research Assistant will aid principal investigators and post-doctoral scientists in planning, executing and analyzing experiments related to salt sensitive hypertension and renal function. Much of the position’s focus is on supporting management of the lab’s mouse colony, performing various technical procedures on rodents, and assisting with rodent surgery.

The Senior Research Assistant receives direct supervision and mentoring from the principal investigator and other lab staff in order to develop skills in bench lab techniques and advance their career in academic research.

Duties include:
• Provide technical lab support by performing a broad range of routine and moderately complex laboratory research tasks, including working with lab’s mice colony and procedures requiring mouse survival surgery.
• Make detailed observations, record and analyze results, maintain laboratory and mice colony records, and assists with preparation of results for publication.
• Maintain expertise on lab research methods and equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems, prepare and stock solutions and other media. Maintain research lab supply inventory.
• Perform 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:

A BA/BS in related discipline and 1 year of experience in the field or in a related area.

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

Experience in lab animal procedures and surgery. Certification from AALAS such as LAT, LATG, or CMAR.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Service and Support Level Level 3 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: R000396 Job Open Date: 10/09/2017 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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    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of Recommendation 1
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    5. Letter of Recommendation 3
    6. List of Publications


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