Job Opportunities

Faculty search

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences seeks new faculty members to establish vibrant, extramurally funded research projects.

Tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level are available in these thematic areas:

  • HIV immunobiology, especially related to HIV “functional cure” or HIV vaccine research.

  • Immunology, genetics and pathogenesis of infection-related cancers including those caused by helminths (e.g. flukes), protozoans, and viruses (e.g. EBV, HTLV, and HHV8).

  • Neglected tropical disease pathogens and vector biology.

  • Human immunology, especially innate immune mechanisms, vaccines, and mucosal immunology/human microbiome. 
     

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Staff Positions

Research Assistant/Technician

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine is searching for a full-time Research Assistant/Technician for Dr. Douglas Nixon’s laboratory. Given the current Zika virus outbreak and the associated Public Health Emergency of International Concern declared by the WHO, Dr. Nixon’s is interested in characterizing the human immune response to infection with Zika.

This position will aid the current researchers (Postdoctoral Scientist, Research Scientists and/or Lab Manager) in planning, executing, and analyzing immunology and virology experiments in the context of Zika infection. 
This person will be responsible for running real-time quantitative PCR, ELISPOTs, flow cytometry and other immunological work assays. This position requires the generation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Study Reports, and database management. This position will be responsible for collecting, recording and compiling data, as well as the maintenance of a professional laboratory notebook, keeping laboratory in good conditions, complying with IRB and following biosafety guidelines.

Minimum qualifications: 

A BA/BS in related discipline is required, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred qualifications:

Preference will go to applicants with a B.S. or M.S in Chemistry, Biology or a related science, experience in cell culture, molecular biology and immunology techniques, ability to write and follow SOPs and Bio Safety guidelines and willingness to work with human samples. 
Competence in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and knowledge of human work, clinical samples handling, molecular and cell biology techniques is essential. Knowledge of Portuguese language desirable.

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Research Assistant/Technician

MITM is searching for a full-time Research Assistant/Technician for Dr. Jones’ laboratory. The Jones lab was established in April 2015, and focuses on studying the interaction between HIV-specific T-cells and NK cells with the viral reservoirs that persist in antiretroviral (ARV) treated individuals. In addition to describing this natural interaction we are actively developing methods to harness natural and engineered T cells to contribute to reservoir eradication. We are evaluating these approaches ex vivo using leukapheresis samples and in vivo using a humanized mouse model. We have a particular interest in translating promising approaches into the clinic.

This position will aid the current researchers (Postdoctoral Scientist, Research Scientists and/or Lab Manager) in planning, executing, and analyzing immunology and virology experiments in the context of HIV-1 infection. The individual will conduct experiments under the direct supervision of a Senior Postdoc and will also receive mentoring and direct guidance from the Principal Investigator in order to advance their career in academic research.

Responsibilities include: 
• Plan and schedule experiments consistent with the timeline and objectives of ongoing research projects.
• Optimize, develop, qualify and execute the following: T- cell epitope mapping by ELISPOT Generation and maintenance of T-cell clones and lines, HIV viral loads (qPCR) and viral epitope sequencing (limiting dilution PCR or Miseq)
• General maintenance of the laboratory. Maintenance of Good Laboratory Practice, comply with Biosafety guidelines, keep inspection records and generate SOPs and reports.
• Maintain and troubleshoot equipment. 
• Work closely with students.
• Participate in group meetings and present data 
• Perform any other duties as appropriate within their competence, as required.

Incumbent is expected to work well as part of a team and have enthusiasm for the practice of science. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, cover letter, the name and contact details of three references and optional statement of research goals and interests.

Minimum Qualifications:

A BA/BS in related discipline is required, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferrred Qualifications:

BS in Microbiology or related field and 1-3 years of progressively responsible work experience.
The ideal candidate will have experience in immunological techniques including:ELISPOT, the generation and maintenance of T-cell clones, and flow cytomety. Experience in molecular biology techniques, in particular viral RNA extraction and viral loads (qPCR), PCR, digital droplet PCR, and MiSeq sequencing will also be valued.

In addition to bench work, the candidate will be required to play a key role in helping the PI manage the laboratory space. This includes the ordering of equipment and lab reagents, the maintenance of the sample inventory system and working with biosafety officers and other officials to ensure compliance with regulations, and other such duties. It is critical that the candidate is a highly organized and reliable individual who can help maintain an orderly and efficient laboratory culture.

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Senior Research Assistant

The department of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical medicine has an opening for a full-time Senior Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Imtiaz Khan to work in support of its currently funded immunologic studies with Toxoplasma gondii and Encephaltizoon cuniculi. The candidate will be responsible for the management of mice breeding colonies and will perform cell culture maintenance and cell preparation from animal tissues. 
Preference will be given to applicants with skills in flow cytometry including FlowJo software. Basic knowledge of techniques like real time rt/PCR, nucleic acid extractions, cell culture and aseptic technique are strongly recommended. 
The Senior Research Assistant should be willing to handle live laboratory animals as the work includes handling mice several hours every day including ear clipping and tagging for genotyping studies, inoculation, blood draw as well as colony population management.
The successful candidate will conduct independent experiments under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and assist in general laboratory upkeep, inventory, ordering of supplies and with maintaining equipment. He/She will aid other scientists within the laboratory with their day to day experiments and assist in the preparation of manuscripts and grants.
Please submit CV, cover letter and three references with your application.

Minimum qualifications: 

A BA/BS in related discipline and 1 year of experience in the field or in a related area.

Preferred qualifications:

  • BS in Microbiology or related field and 1-3 years of progressively responsible work experience.
  • Ability to follow a set procedure and ability to work both as a team and independently.
  • Experience handling laboratory animals is essential.
  • Experience in immunology-based and molecular biology techniques including but not limited to: flow cytometry, real time rt/PCR, ELISA, nucleic acid extractions, cell culture and aseptic technique.

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