Senior Research Assistant

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Job Description Summary:

GW’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM) conducts innovative, fundamental, basic and translational research for HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. MITM has a strong tradition of training and policy advocacy for these infectious and parasitic diseases, which initiate and perpetuate poverty and suffering worldwide. Additional information on MITM can be found at the following link:

MITM is searching for a full-time Senior Research Assistant for Dr. Khan’s laboratory. Dr. Khan’s main interest is on studying the development and maintenance of CD8+ T cell immunity against Toxoplasma gondii which is a major opportunistic infection in HIV infected population, as individuals sero-positive for the parasite are susceptible to reactivation of chronic parasitic infection. Using a mouse model of toxoplasmic encephalitis, our laboratory recently reported that CD4 and CD8 T cell exhaustion can be a major cause for reactivation of latent parasitic infection. For coming years, the mechanisms involved in CD4 and CD8 T cell exhaustion/ dysfunctionality and the measures needed to restore the functionality of these cells is one of the major focuses of the laboratory.

The individual will be responsible for the management of mice breeding colonies and will perform cell culture maintenance and cell preparation from animal tissues.

Responsibilities include:
•Management of mice breeding colonies
•Perform mammalian cells maintenance in vitro and primary T cell preparation from animal tissues
•Plan and schedule experiments consistent with the timeline and objectives of ongoing research projects.
•Conduct independent experiments under the supervision of the Principal Investigator
•Aid other scientists within the laboratory with their day to day experiments
•Assist in general laboratory upkeep
•Assist with inventory and ordering of supplies
•Assist with maintaining equipment
•Assist in the preparation of manuscripts and grants
•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.

Incumbent is expected to work well as part of a team and have enthusiasm for the practice of science. He/She is expected to work under limited supervision or independently.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS and 1 year of experience in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

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

BS in Microbiology or related field.
Ability to follow a set procedure and ability to work both as a team and independently.
Applicants must be highly enthusiastic to learn new techniques.
Experience handling laboratory animals is essential as the work includes handling mice several hours every day including ear clipping and tagging for genotyping studies, inoculation as well as colony population management.
Experience in nucleic acid extraction and Q-PCR and mammalian cell culture are essential.
Preference will be given to applicants with skills in immunology-based techniques like flow cytometry, ELISA but also confocal microscopy.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. 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: Mon-Fri, 8:30am - 5:30pm Position Designation: Non-Essential: Employees who are not required to work unless directed to do so by their supervisor. 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: R000438 Job Open Date: 12/21/2017 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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      Posted: 3/2/2018
      Application Due: 4/7/2018
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