Research Assistant

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 22, 2022
Sep 21, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Research AssistantThe George Mason University Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) in the College of Science invites enthusiastic candidates to apply to our Research Assistant position. CAPMM has a mission to a) create new technologies and make basic science discoveries in the field of disease pathogenesis, and b) apply these discoveries and technologies to create and implement strategies for disease prevention, early diagnosis, and individualized therapy. The primary emphasis of our disease research is cancer and infectious diseases. Our CAP/CLIA accredited laboratory bridges translational research and clinical diagnostic testing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAP/CLIA laboratory is providing COVID testing services, in addition to on-going research in infectious disease.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Statement of Diversity:George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.Responsibilities:The Research Assistant serves as a general laboratory technician in the CAP/CLIA accredited Clinical Proteomics lab. In this capacity, the incumbent serves as the primary person to perform laboratory technical analyses with human and animal samples, performs quality control, performs troubleshooting for instruments/assays, including COVID-19 testing, maintains adequate reagent and supply inventory, autoclaves waste, recycles material, processes specimens, pick-ups packages/deliveries, communicates all issues with laboratory team and supervisors, ensures compliance with applicable CAP/CLIA accreditation regulations and all federal, state, and local laws, and abides by university and laboratory SOPs and policies.Required Qualifications:Knowledge of laboratory mathematics and statistics sufficient to establish quality controls, troubleshoot procedures and equipment, calculate and correlate test results, and set up and implement new procedures;Demonstrated experience in molecular biology and qRT-PCR;Ability to work in a regulated laboratory environment wearing personnel protective equipment for an 8 hour work day/shift;Ability to perform complex tests on biological specimens;Ability to accurately and precisely use manual pipettes for pipetting in/out of 384 well plates;Ability to analyze test results and making inferences based upon statistical data and contextual references;Transcript evaluation verifying equivalency to a U.S. baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university or equivalent experience; Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written English;Ability to read and record numbers;Ability to use personal computers and Microsoft Word and Excel; andAbility to follow complex oral and written instructions.Preferred Qualifications: Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;Effective interpersonal communication skills with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders; andAbility to effectively navigate complex situations.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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