Molecular Cell Biology and Animal Model Research Scientist

George Mason University
Fairfax County, Virginia, US
May 02, 2021
May 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
*Molecular Cell Biology and Animal Model Research Scientist*

The George Mason University Laboratory of Biomaterials and Nanomedicine, in the Department of Bioengineering at the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research (IABR), seeks a research scientist to work in a multidisciplinary team aiming to develop effective delivery systems for mRNA using polymers, lipids, synthetic chemistry, conjugates, and microfluidic systems. The IABR is located on the SciTech Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia ( and is part of the greater Washington D.C. area, with close proximity to several collaborative research facilities. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

*About George Mason University:* Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of nearly 38,000 students studying in more than 208 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks George Mason University in its top tier of research institutions, with total research expenditures reaching an all-time high of 149 million in sponsored research expenditures for the fiscal year 2018, making good progress toward the university's strategic goal of $225 million by 2024. Mason stands at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. The Northern Virginia business community includes many Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to its 677-acre main campus in Fairfax, Mason has campuses in Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia, as well as an international campus in Songdo, Korea. Reflective of the university's strong commitment to biomedical research and biotechnology is the recent launch of the $40 million, 75,000-square-foot Institute for Biomedical Innovation, and a strategic partnership focused on personalized health with Inova, the largest health system in Northern Virginia.

*About the Department:* The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in technology and education. Its fall 2019 enrollment was close to 8,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. As part of a nationally ranked research university, the engineering school's research teams earned more than $68 million in sponsored research awards in the last 12 months. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering is known for its leadership in emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, health care technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

*Responsibilities:* * Develop mammalian cell culture, flow cytometry, and fluorescent microscopy and assays; * Develop/evaluate mRNA delivery technologies using quantitative in vitro assays; * Perform animal studies of mRNA delivery systems; * Perform in vitro transcription of mRNA from plasmids, qPCR, protein analysis, intra- and extra-cellular staining, plasmid cloning, and sequence modifications; * Demonstrate basic conceptual understanding of broad genomic technologies such as next-gen sequencing, RNA Seq, RNAi (shRNA/siRNA), and CRISPR gene editing; * Plan and execute experiments and analyze data independently.

*Required Qualifications:* * PhD degree in the biological sciences or related field, obtained by the start date of the position; * 2-5 years of relevant laboratory experience; * Strong molecular/cellular biology skills; * Attention to detail, critical analysis of data, and troubleshooting abilities; * Excellent communication and presentation skills.

*Preferred Qualifications:* * Experience with animal models and animal handling.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number F262AZ; and upload a cover letter, CV, a 1-2 page description of relevant research experience (to be attached as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Michael D. Buschmann, Chair, Department of Bioengineering, at

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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