Post Doctoral Scientist

Washington, D.C.
Jun 14, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the intellectual and creative backbone of the university, a place where the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences come together to form a nexus of ideas and opportunity. As a leader among the nation’s liberal arts institutions because of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes perspectives, analyses, and communication, undergraduate students are equipped with the competencies needed to be effective and responsible citizens of the 21st Century.
Applications are invited for an NSF-funded position as Postdoctoral Scientist in the Hard Tissue Biology Lab of The George Washington University’s (GW) Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology. The successful applicant will contribute to an integrated lab and field-based research program that investigates hard tissue evidence of behavioral and developmental responses to early adverse environments, focusing on wild savannah baboons that have been under long-term observational study in the Amboseli Basin of southern Kenya. The Postdoctoral Scientist will be based at GW, but will be co-mentored by Drs. Shannon McFarlin (GW) and David Patterson (University of North Georgia), and will collaborate closely with other grant partners principally based at Duke University, The University of Utah, and National Museums of Kenya.

There will also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing field- and laboratory-based research on the hard tissue biology, trace element and stable isotope ecology, development and life history of wild mountain gorillas and chimpanzees from other long-term study sites, depending on time, interests and funding support.

This NSF-funded position is available for one year, with a second year possible pending successful progress and availability of funds.

Responsibilities of the position:
• Bench work in histologic preparation, microscopy and quantitative analysis of bone and dental tissue microanatomy
• Stable isotope analysis of dental tissues and baboon foods
• Participation in data collection, database management, and data analysis associated with both laboratory- and field-based project activities
• Dissemination of results in peer-reviewed publications and at professional meetings
• Supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students in the lab working on related projects
• 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 PhD 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:

Preference will be given to applicants with:
• expertise in the histologic preparation, imaging and quantitative analysis of bone and/or dental tissue microanatomy, and/or in stable isotope analysis
• strong skills in data analysis (including familiarity with R)
• a history of scientific publication

Experience and expertise in any of the following is also beneficial:
• management of relational databases, including expertise or familiarity with long-term (i.e., longitudinal) datasets
• conducting research on primate behavior, ecology or morphology in an international field setting


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:30am-5:30pm 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:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Desired start date is August, 2018, or upon earliest availability thereafter. Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must complete an online application on GW Jobs.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000574 Job Open Date: 06/07/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: 08/01/2019 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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