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Senior Research Assistant, Microbiology and Molecular Epidemiology

Employer
George Washington University
Location
Mount Rainier, MD
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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I. DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is looking for a laboratory Senior 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 microbial genomic and epidemiologic projects. Our team uses innovative, multidisciplinary methods to quantify the impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from environmental reservoirs (e.g., food animals, retail meat/poultry) on human health.

We are working on a multi-year study to assess 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.

This research support position contributes to research and development by assisting with experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. The core responsibilities of this position include designing and carrying out both culture-based and molecular biology experiments, performing established laboratory procedures, reporting results at meetings, assisting with data collection and management, and laboratory support. This role typically works under immediate supervision.

The Sr. 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 the opportunity for an extension after successful completion of the first year.

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist with laboratory research according to protocols, including sample processing, culturing bacteria, biomolecule isolation, and molecular analyses including PCR, real-time PCR, and whole genome and amplicon sequencing library preparation.
  • Assist with sample and data collection for ongoing human microbiome studies, including recruitment, screening, consenting, clinical sample collection, and interactions with study subjects such as collecting survey data.
  • Assist with the development and optimization of research protocols with assistance from PI and other laboratory staff. Our current protocol development efforts are focused on culture-based microbiology and laboratory automation using liquid-handling robots.
  • Participate in general laboratory activities, such as inventory, equipment maintenance, and laboratory clean-up, and assist with the preparation of common laboratory reagents and media.
  • Assist with data cleaning, entry, and data analysis under the guidance of PI.
  • Assist with literature reviews and topic searches.
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant applications, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • 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


Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of 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:
  • Bachelor's degree in a science (i.e. biology, microbiology, chemistry, or other laboratory sciences) or a health-related field (e.g. public health) and one year of laboratory/research work experience
  • Molecular biology laboratory experience (e.g. DNA extraction and PCR)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Laboratory experience with bacterial cultures and real-time PCR and/or library preparation for next-generation DNA sequencing
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis (such as SAS, R, or STATA) and databases (such as REDCap)
  • Experience operating liquid-handling robots, or with other laboratory automation
  • Prior experience in the preparation of reports and presentations
  • Strong written 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

Typical Hiring Range
$20.37 - $27.81 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

II. POSITION INFORMATION

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 3
Full-Time/Part-Time:
Full time -> FTE 1.00
Hours Per Week:
40 hours
Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
Will this job require the employee to work on site?
Yes
Employee Onsite Status
On-campus (in person)
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?
No
Posting Number:
R001938
Job Open Date:
06/20/2023
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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