Research Associate

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Job Description Summary:

GW’s Department of Neurology serves to fulfill the tripartite mission of all academic departments contributing to patient care, education, and discovery that leads to new therapeutics. We partner with colleagues throughout George Washington University, George Washington University Hospital, the Children’s National Health System, and the National Institutes of Health. Patients benefit from state of the art care utilizing all current medical technologies. A core of dedicated faculty provide outstanding educational program for residents and medical students based on a rich patient population from the Washington, D.C. community. Research is active in areas of dementia, cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, and myasthenia gravis. Since September 1, 2011, the Department has begun a period of major expansion with a goal of becoming the regional leader in the provision of neurological care. Find out more here:
The Laboratory for Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Research is dedicated to “a world without Myasthenia Gravis (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 to join the laboratory and is expected to work well as part of a team and have enthusiasm for the practice of science.
Responsibilities Include:
• Designs, develops and performs advanced experimental assessment interrogating immune function in human samples and animal models. Experimental methods include but are not limited to: flow cytometry, immune-fluorescent microscopy, qPCR, ELISA and tissue assessment, and behavioral assessment of animals
• Trains users in equipment operation and research techniques
• Prepares manuscripts for publication and assisting in grant applications
• Ensures safe lab practices and cleanliness
• 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 master’s degree 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:

- Master’s degree in immunology or a related field
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience in a laboratory setting


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 Individual Contributor 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: R000495 Job Open Date: 03/09/2018 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.

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    Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Letter of Recommendation 1
    3. Letter of Recommendation 2
    4. Letter of Recommendation 3
    5. List of Publications
    6. Names and Contact Information for References





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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/10/2018
    Application Due: 4/4/2018
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