Laboratory Associate

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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 highly motivated individual to work with a team of clinical and basic scientist investigators aiming to develop a controlled human hookworm challenge model for vaccine testing and investigate the molecular biology of hookworm infections. This person must work according to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the lab which includes, writing and editing of Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) and worksheets, following Laboratory Protocols, working under aseptic conditions, and operating under a rigorous QC/QA system. Prior experience working in a regulated environment is highly desired and willingness to work with human and animal specimens, including blood, feces and urine is also important. This person’s primary duties will be to raise hookworm larvae (L3), preparing L3 doses for infection of humans and animals, fecal testing for egg counts in human and animals, RT-PCR, qPCR, molecular biology, and working with infectious hookworm larvae. The successful applicant will also be responsible for daily operations of the L3 cGMP facility, including ordering, stocking, and supervising personnel.

Responsibilities include:
• Clinical parasitology and larvae production for human and animal infection
• Maintaining laboratory equipment in compliance with cGMP as well as other laboratory functions
• Keeping records consistent with cGMP
• Handling of human and animal specimens.
• Supervising students
• 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:

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:

The minimum degree required for this position is a BS and/or BA in Biology or a related area, and a minimum of 12 months of research laboratory experience. Experience with cGMP and molecular biology is highly desired. Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills are required. Experience handling animals (rodents and dogs) and working with parasitic nematodes is preferred. The person will be expected to work independently after training.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) 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: M-F, 8:30-5:00pm; night and weekend work may be necessary to meet acute study requirements 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: R000544 Job Open Date: 05/17/2018 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 a BS/BA in biology or related area?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have experience with Good Manufacturing practices?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience working with parasitic nematodes?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience working with lab animals?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have molecular biological experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents





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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/18/2018
    Application Due: 6/20/2018
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