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Sr. Research Associate

George Washington University
Mount Rainier, Maryland, US
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) looks at how environmental and occupational exposures impact human health. It explores the underlying science and policy for issues such as sustainable cities and food systems, climate change, infectious diseases, workplace safety and risk management. The microbiome and molecular epidemiology research group at EOH specifically studies how human behavior affect the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in plants and animals, and how that affect human health. It also explores behavioral and environmental factors that affect the human microbiome and in turn, how the human microbiome can affect host susceptibility to infectious diseases.

EOH is searching for a full-time Senior Research Associate to join our microbiome and molecular epidemiology research group led by Drs. Cindy Liu and Lance Price. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on a wide range of microbial genomic and microbiome research projects.

This laboratory-focused position will use culture-based and molecular laboratory methods and work with a multidisciplinary team at GW:
  • Characterize bacteria associated with inflammation and HIV infection, including their strain diversity, genomic content, and virulence mechanisms.
  • Evaluate the role of host-associated nasal and gut microbial communities on transmission of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and on host susceptibility to colonization and infection; and
  • Work to identify and characterize probiotic candidates for preventing and decolonization of nasal and gut colonizing opportunistic pathogen.

  • Responsibilities include:

    • Manage workflow of microbiome studies, including sample tracking, processing, and isolation of nucleic acid (DNA/RNA), and preparation of sequencing libraries.
    • Develop and implement new laboratory research protocols with guidance from Dr. Liu and collaborators to collect metagenomic/transcriptomic/proteomic/metabolomic data from clinical studies and in vitro experiments.
    • Work closely with Dr. Liu and collaborators to design in vitro studies to identify and characterize both probiotic candidates and bacteria associated with inflammation.
    • Assist with managing general lab activities, such as inventory, equipment maintenance, and lab clean-up,
    • Compile data and perform preliminary data analysis in collaboration with bioinformaticists, epidemiologist, and wet laboratory staff from the research team,
    • Assist Dr. Liu with the preparation of grant applications, manuscripts, and presentations
    • Supervise masters (MPH) students and other trainees, as needed.
    • As needed, support study coordination functions, including IRB and study protocol preparation and submission, CDC permit application preparation and submission, and grant reports with guidance from the PI
    • 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.

    The Senior Research Associate will work closely with Dr. Liu but will work directly with both PIs (Drs. Cindy Liu and Lance Price). The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for an extension after successful completion of the first year.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Qualified candidates will hold a master's degree and 3 years of direct 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:
    • Extensive experience in both culture-based and molecular microbiological research
    • Organized, self-motivated, and able to work independently and with a team
    • Advanced knowledge of microbiological concepts and laboratory skills in microbiology and/or genomics.
    • Excellent skills in analysis of data, including genomic, epidemiological, microbiome, or experimental data are required.
    • Able to manage his/her time across multiple projects.
    • Experiences with laboratory, personnel, and project management are strongly preferred.

    Typical Hiring Range
    $61,887.15 - $90,263.60


    Campus Location:
    Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
    Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)
    Research and Labs
    Laboratory Research
    Individual Contributor
    Level 2
    Full time -> FTE 1.00
    Hours Per Week:
    40 Hours
    Work Schedule:
    Monday- Friday, 8:30am -5:00pm
    Will this job require the employee to work on site?
    Employee Onsite Status
    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?
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    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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