Research Assistant, Molecular Epidemiology

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The George Washington University, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is looking for a laboratory research assistant to join our molecular epidemiology and microbiome research group. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on several important and exciting microbial genomic and epidemiologic projects.

Specifically, our team uses innovative, multi-disciplinary methods to quantify the impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from environmental reservoirs (e.g., food animals, retail meat/poultry) on human health.

Currently, the research projects are focused on assessing the impact of regulatory policy change on the rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in retail meat/poultry and human extraintestinal infections in California. A major goal of this project is to quantify the contribution of bacteria from food animals to human clinical infections by characterizing the genetic relatedness of strains from food and human sources. The project involves isolating important human pathogens from retail meat/poultry samples (i.e., E. coli, etc.), susceptibility testing, and molecular analyses such as real-time PCR assays and whole-genome sequencing.

The successful candidate will have experience with microbiological research (including both culture-based and molecular methods), will be well organized, self-motivated, able to work independently and with a team, and must be able to manage his/her time across multiple projects.

The Laboratory Research Assistant will be supervised day-to-day by the laboratory manager, but will work closely with the laboratory PIs (Drs. Lance Price and Cindy Liu) and other members of the research team. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for an extension after successful completion of the first year.

Responsibilities include:
• Assist with laboratory research according to protocols, including sample processing, biomolecule isolation, and molecular analyses including PCR, real-time PCR, and whole genome and amplicon sequencing library preparation.
• Implement research protocols on the bench-top and using liquid-handling robots with assistance from PI and other laboratory staff.
• Participate in general laboratory activities, such as inventory, equipment maintenance, and laboratory clean-up and assist with preparation of common laboratory reagents and media.
• Perform data cleaning, entry, and data analysis under guidance of PI.
• Perform literature reviews and topic searches.
• Contribute to the preparation of grant applications, manuscripts, and presentations.
• May involve study participant recruitment and sample collection.
• Performs other 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 BA/BS 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:

• Bachelor’s degree in a science (i.e. biology, microbiology, chemistry or other laboratory sciences) or a health-related field (e.g. public health)
• Laboratory experience in microbiological research, or equivalent in graduate-level coursework.
• Laboratory experience in both culture- and molecular-based (e.g., DNA sequencing, real-time PCR) microbiological research
• Proficiency in statistical analysis (such as SAS, R, or STATA)
• Prior experience in preparation of reports and presentations
• Strong written, verbal communication and organizational skills
• Self-motivated and able to multi-task, set priorities, work independently, and manage multiple deadlines
• Experience in conducting research in BSL-2 setting
• Prior experience in manuscript preparation

Typical Hiring Range $16.21 - $22.47 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Service and Support Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 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: No 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: R000660 Job Open Date: 10/04/2018 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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      Job No:
      Posted: 11/10/2018
      Application Due: 1/8/2019
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