Research Assistant, Department of Neuroscience - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Sep 12, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Analyst, Research
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Assistant, Department of Neuroscience - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University's Department of Neuroscience pursues research which seeks to strengthen our understanding of both the healthy and the injured nervous system. In particular, the department focuses on neuroplasticity, the changes inside the brain that result from lived experiences. The types of changes examined are both those caused by learning or drugs, and those caused by negative events (such as traumatic injury, ischemic damage to the nervous system, and neurodegenerative diseases). To research these areas, GUMC researchers utilize a number of experimental models. These models include cell culture systems, rodent genetic and experimental models of nervous system injury and disorders, and computer simulations to understand higher cortical processing.

The Research Assistant conducts laboratory research in the field of Alzheimer's disease, in work based in cell culture and animals models addressing the effects of genetic risk factors on cellular and molecular processes.  S/he administers lab management, including record keeping and ensuring compliance with University requirements. Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), and in specific tasks is guided by a post-doctoral fellow or a PhD student in the lab, the Research Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

Biomedical Research

  • Performs cell culture.
  • Performs generation of primary cells.
  • Provides maintenance and development of inducible Pluripotent Stem Cells.

Mouse Models

  • Performs organization of a mouse colony.
  • Performs routine care of mice, including weighing and feeding.

Lab Management

  • Performs recordkeeping of biological samples.
  • Orders and reconciles records of lab purchases.
  • Organizes lab meetings.
  • Performs records keeping for compliance with University requirements.

Interactions with Lab Collaborators

  • Provides assistance with research of current lab members.
  • Provides orientation and training of new lab members.
  • Provides assistance to members of collaborating labs.
  • As needed, facilitates research collaborations among Georgetown labs.
  • As needed, helps direct the work of a Georgetown undergraduate student in his/her research.
  • Interacts regularly with research technicians, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows from other labs in the Neuroscience Department and in other GUMC departments.


  • Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Biology, or a related discipline - exposure to basic biomedical laboratory techniques preferred
  • Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate research experience preferred, but previous knowledge of specific techniques is not
  • Willingness to work with research animals in maintenance of a mouse colony

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