Research Associate - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Oct 29, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Associate - Georgetown University Medical Center

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Under the supervision of Dr. Amrita Cheema the Research Associate will use advanced metabolomic tools for developing small molecule quantitation assays, preparation and analysis of biological samples for mass spectrometric analysis for supporting NIH funded project with a goal of developing MS based biomarker assays. The Research Associate will receive work instructions to analyze data, design, and develop methodologies necessary for accurate knowledge discovery. The Research Associate will:
  • participate on teleconferences to discuss experimental design with project collaborators for scientific coordination and data reporting on a periodic basis.
  • provide critical role and assist with successful completion of milestones as laid out in the grant, wherein the work includes optimization of MS sample preparation, developing small molecule quantitation assays, designing MRM assays in accordance with GLP (Good Laboratory practices).
  • be responsible for determining assay precision and accuracy, generating raw data on LC/MS instruments, Pre and Post processing the data using algebraic and statistical calculations in Excel and R and various software's viz. XCMS, Metaboanalyst, and database searches of metabolomic biomarkers in METLIN, LIPIDMAPS, HMDB, MMCD, generations of technical reports.

The other duties include but not limited to scheduling Mass spectrometry instrument operations and maintenance, data backup on a UIS drive, maintaining laboratory in compliance with safety procedures, general laboratory upkeep that includes autoclaving, scheduling waste disposal, update of chemical inventory. The Research Associate will work closely with the research associates in the laboratory and assist them with day to day service related functions.

This position will be supported by a NIH grant award at 100%.

  • Master's degree in Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biochemistry/Computational biology or related field.
  • Expertise in processing samples for Mass Spectrometry
  • Experience in laboratory duties as previously described

Preferred qualifications
  • Quantitative and qualitative statistical analyses and tests.
  • Experience in analysis of mass spectrometry data.
  • Good communication skills. Strong verbal and written communications skills also required and ability to multi-task.

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