Senior Research Assistant

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The Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is home to some of the University’s leading educators and researchers. As a modern biomedical research department, faculty members direct NIH-funded projects, with a focus on molecular, cellular, developmental, and physiological aspects in the field of stem cell and regenerative biology.

The Laboratory of Dr. Inhee Chung is part of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and the Cancer Center of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Our lab is located in central Washington DC. To learn more about us, please visit:

We are a group of scientists who use biophysical approaches to study fundamental causes of human diseases. Our main focus is on how cancer cells become metastatic. Cancers arise through many different processes and in diverse tissues. However, the primary cause of cancer mortalities is metastasis. How cancer cells spread from an initial solid tumor is not well known, and yet this is an important initial step in the metastatic process. Elucidation of the mechanism of this spreading poses one of the biggest challenges to our understanding of cancer progression. It also represents a tremendous opportunity for the development of new therapeutic strategies.

The Chung Lab aims to characterize the crucial mechanisms that drive this process. To this end, our lab employs a combination of non-traditional biophysical modalities and conventional biological tools. We use single molecule tracking in 2D and 3D on living cells, super-resolution microscopy (such as structured illumination microscope), mathematical modeling, as well as traditional molecular cell biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and animal model approaches.

We are seeking a Senior Research Assitant who has experience in mouse studies in cancer, in vivo imaging of mice, handling patient tissues or cells, and various techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Duties include:
• Perform various mutagenesis and cloning; produce panels of mutants
• Generate stable cell lines
• Establish various mouse models and conduct in vivo studies
• Isolate and culture cells from human blood
• Plan and develop research methods and techniques within the framework of the project.
• Maintain accurate records of research findings and analyzes results.
• Train other lab members on basic laboratory operations and functions.
• 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 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:

• MS or PhD in cell biology, cancer biology, or related fields.
• A strong record of publication including at least 3 peer-reviewed publication.
• Expert in animal handling, surgery, in vivo imaging, biochemistry and molecular biology assays, generating stable cell lines, and isolation and culture of primary cells from human blood.
• Experience with growth factor receptor signaling, organelle biology, metastasis mouse models, cancer biology methods, exosomes, cell metabolism, or handling patient’s samples and circulating tumor cells from human blood.
• Excellent Organizational and communication skills; ability to think critically and creatively; and capacity to work independently as well as collaboratively.


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: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 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

Internal Applicants Only? Posting Number: R000594 Job Open Date: 07/06/2018 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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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    3. Names and Contact Information for References
    Optional Documents
    1. Letter of Recommendation 1
    2. Letter of Recommendation 2





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    Job No:
    Posted: 7/7/2018
    Application Due: 8/24/2018
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