Research Associate - Department of Microbiology

Washington D.C. (US)
16 May 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

GW’s Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine (MITM) conducts innovative, fundamental, basic, and translational research for HIV/AIDS, HIV-related malignancies, and poverty related infectious diseases (PRIDs). MITM has a strong tradition of training and policy advocacy for these infectious and parasitic diseases, which initiate and perpetuate poverty and suffering worldwide. Additional information on MITM can be found at the following link:
MITM is searching for a full-time Research Associate for the George Washington Biobank. This position will assist the PI in the collection, processing, and maintenance of bio-specimens and associated data for the GW Biobank. In addition, the individual will assist in the maintenance of the databases associated with different specimen collections.
This position independently carries out research/development activities by designing and conducting experiments in a controlled laboratory setting, under general guidance from the Principal Investigator. Using a certain degree of creativity and latitude, the core responsibilities of this position include making detailed observations, analyzing data, and interpreting results. This position compiles results and prepares technical reports and documentation of outcomes. This role is familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Working under general supervision, this position typically reports to a Principal Investigator.
Responsibilities include:
•Serves as one of the biorepository coordinators for the biobank to include collection/receipt, processing and preservation of bio-specimens, tissue preparation and assays (tissue embedding, microarrays, EBV assays, immunohistochemical tests) as per biorepository best practices (BBP).
•Consents patients deemed eligible for possible donation of tissues and other biological materials and ensures proper notifications between surgeons and pathologists between the operating room and the Pathology Frozen Room
•Collects and assesses data.
•Requests biospecimen samples from outside the institution
•Works with project managers and researchers to prepare for and execute assigned studies
•Assists in the preparation and maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs), manuals of operations (MOPs), and study protocols
•Assists in the management of the various informatics systems.
•Assists in the preparation of the annual site audit report for review by the PI.
•Maintains and troubleshoot equipment.
•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.