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Laboratory Associate

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Job Description Summary:

We are seeking a Laboratory Associate in microscopy to join the George Washington University Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) staff on the Foggy Bottom campus in Washington DC. Duties will include preparation and imaging of biological and materials samples for microscopy from our research labs. Additional duties will include general laboratory management. This is a support position in the GWNIC, for all of the departments of the University and outside users, where we provide high quality microscopy services.

Specific duties include:
-Provides research lab support by performing LM and EM biological and materials sample preparation (fixation, embedding, sectioning, staining, dehydration, drying, coating, etc.). Collects, processes and analyzes laboratory samples. Operates LM, FM, TEM, and SEM to produce high quality digital images of client samples. Prepares solutions and materials for experimental plans and executes on appropriate timeline.
- Compiles results and prepares technical reports and documentation of outcomes. Participates with on-going projects to prepare samples and collect images for figures for grants and publications. Makes detailed observations during protocols. Prepares literature reviews.
-Trains clients on general lab equipment operation and research techniques. Trains clients on sample preparation protocols and equipment use. Interacts with vendors and service providers regarding the functioning of equipment.
-Monitors compliance with University and OSHA safety requirements. Maintains the laboratory in an organized, clean manner; stocks supplies; makes solutions; disposes of chemical waste; etc.
- Writes protocols for laboratory equipment and processing techniques. Assists with managing the LIMS system for the instruments.
-Schedules and maintains records of equipment and facility. Maintains the GWNIC instrumentation through troubleshooting and performing or coordinating maintenance, service and repair tasks (performing alignments, calibrations, performance checks, etc.).
-Performs other work 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:

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in a related discipline,plus 2 years of relevant professional experience or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

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

-Experience in ultrathin sectioning of resin embedded samples on the ultramicrotome.
-Fundamental knowledge of the operating characteristics of light microscopes, electron microscopes, and vacuum systems.
-Operational knowledge of the Light Microscope (LM), Fluorescent Microscope (FM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and additional sample preparation instrumentation (i.e. ultramicrotome, sputter coater, critical point dryer, glass knife breaker, etc.).
-Excellent interpersonal skills for working with a large, diverse university community, and strong oral/written communication skills as well as computer literacy skills (to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software knowledge).
-Time management and organizational skills are a preferred to work efficiently and independently.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Office Vice President of Research (OVPR) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Support Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 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: R000477 Job Open Date: 02/14/2018 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
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have any experience with ultramicrotomy of resin sections of biological material? If so, please explain in detail.
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Do you have any experience with critical point drying and metal/sputter coating for SEM samples? If so, please explain in detail.
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Do you have any experience with light microscopes, sample preparation and general maintenance of light microscopes? If so, please explain in detail.
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. * Do you have any experience with electron microscopes, biological or materials sample preparation and general maintenance of electron microscopes? If so, please explain in detail.
    (Open Ended Question)
  5. * Do you have any experience with immuno-gold labeling of samples for microscopy? If so, please explain in detail.
    (Open Ended Question)
  6. * Do you have any experience with cryo EM work? Sample prep, freezing samples or imaging frozen samples (light or electron) microscopy? If so, please explain in detail.
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3





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Job No:
Posted: 3/2/2018
Application Due: 5/1/2018
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