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Senior Research Associate, Molecular Epidemiology
George Washington University in the Washington, DC
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Date Posted 03/10/2019
Science-Health Sciences
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled



Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is looking for a senior research associate to join our molecular epidemiology and microbiome research group. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on several important and exciting microbial genomic and epidemiologic projects.

This experienced researcher carries out research/development activities by designing and conducting experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. Using a wide degree of creativity and latitude, the core responsibilities of this position are to make detailed observations, analyze data, and interpret results, with limited guidance from the Principal Investigator. This position compiles results and prepares technical reports and documentation of outcomes. This role is familiar with a variety of field concepts, practices, and procedures, and can perform a variety of research tasks. This position typically reports to a project supervisor or project manager, and may provide guide to lower level staff.

Specifically, our team uses innovative, multi-disciplinary methods to quantify the impact of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from environmental reservoirs (e.g., food animals, retail meat/poultry) on human health.

Currently, the research projects are focused on assessing the impact of regulatory policy change on the rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in retail meat/poultry and human extraintestinal infections in California by sequencing 10,000 bacterial genomes. A major goal of this project is to quantify the contribution of bacteria from food animals to human clinical infections by characterizing the genetic relatedness of strains from food and human sources. The project involves collecting important human pathogens from retail meat/poultry samples (E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter), and performing susceptibility testing and molecular analyses such as real-time PCR assays and whole-genome sequencing.

The Senior Research Associate will be supervised day-to-day by the laboratory manager but will work closely with the laboratory PIs (Drs. Lance Price and Cindy Liu) and other members of the research team. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for an extension after successful completion of the first year.

Responsibilities include:
• Manage laboratory research including sample processing, biomolecule isolation, and molecular analyses including PCR, real-time PCR, and whole genome and amplicon sequencing library preparation.
• Implement research protocols on the bench-top and using liquid-handling robots with guidance from GW team member(s).
• Participate in general laboratory activities, such as inventory, equipment maintenance, and laboratory clean-up 
• Manage data analysis with guidance from the PI and in collaboration with other team members including those based at GWU (bioinformaticist, clinician-scientist, and other laboratory scientists) and external collaborators (including Kaiser Permanente Southern California and the UK Sanger Institute) 
• Manage literature reviews and topic searches. 
• Contribute to the preparation of grant applications, manuscripts, and presentations.
• Participate in weekly internal meetings and quarterly multi-site collaborator meetings.
• 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.

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:

• At least 3 years of laboratory experience in microbiological research
• Laboratory experience include culture-based (enrichment and selective methods, susceptibility testing, etc) and molecular-based (amplicon/whole genome/metagenomic sequencing, etc) analyses.
• Proficiency in statistical/epidemiological analysis using packages such as SAS, R, or STATA.
• Prior experience in preparation of reports and presentations
• Strong written, verbal communication and organizational skills 
• Self-motivated and able to multi-task, set priorities, work independently, and manage multiple deadlines.
• Experience in project management is preferred.
• Demonstrated programming skills in scripting languages such as C, Perl, and/or Python.
• Experience in conducting research in BSL-2 setting
• Prior experience in manuscript preparation
• Extensive experience with microbiological research
• Well organized, self-motivated, able to work independently and with a team
• Ability to manage his/her time across multiple laboratory activities. 
• Masters or Phd

Typical Hiring Range

$60415 - $87007 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?



Campus Location:

Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.


Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)


Research and Labs


Laboratory Research


Individual Contributor


Level 2



Hours Per Week:


Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Position Designation:

Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.



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?


Posting Number:


Job Open Date:


Job Close Date:


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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