Research Assistant

Washington D.C. United States
04 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at the George Washington University is an active research department, with federally funded programs in neuroscience and development, cardiovascular pharmacology and integrative physiology, genomics and oncology. We provide unique training opportunities in biomedical research at the pre and postdoctoral level. We offer courses in Pharmacology and Physiology for Medical and Physician Assistant students, as well as several courses at the graduate level through the GW Institute for Biomedical Sciences. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of educational opportunities to our community, and to advance scientific knowledge and improve human health through cutting-edge research in the biomedical sciences. Additional information on the Pharmacology & Physiology department can be found at the following link:

The Polter’s lab is focused on the effects of stressful and adverse experiences on the brain, and the role of these neuroadaptations in illnesses such as mood and substance use disorders. The lab uses slice electrophysiology, rodent behavioral assays, and cutting-edge neuroscience techniques to investigate synaptic and cellular mechanisms of stress-induced alterations in the brain’s reward and affective circuitry.

A Research Assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Abigail Polter.

This research support position contributes to research/development by assisting with experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. The core responsibilities of this position include assisting with data collection and administration of experimental procedures. This position may perform some lab maintenance duties as a secondary function. This role typically works under immediate supervision, and the primary job functions do not require exercising independent judgment.

Duties include:

  • Laboratory organization and assistance
  • Mouse colony maintenance and husbandry -Performing and supporting research in the laboratory including solution preparation, stereotaxic surgeries, immunohistochemistry, and mouse behavior 
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:    

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:    

We seek an individual with a bachelor’s degree in biology, neuroscience, psychology or a related field. Strong communication skills, organizational skills, and ability to work collaboratively as part of a team are preferred. Prior laboratory experience, particularly with mouse husbandry, genotyping, or behavior; stereotaxic surgery; or immunohistochemistry is desired but not required.

Typical Hiring Range    $17.25 - $23.91 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?