Research Associate, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology - Georgetown University Medical

Washington D.C.
Apr 11, 2018
May 11, 2018
Analyst, Research
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Associate, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center whose missions of research, teaching and patient care are carried out with a strong emphasis on community outreach and the Jesuit principle of cura personalis — care of the whole person.

The Research Associate understands the ongoing crosstalk between the Esherichia coli chromosomal initiator protein, DnaA, and acidic phospholipids present within inner membranes.  S/he performs advance level research, using various techniques in microbiology, molecular biology, protein purification and biochemistry, in a study that includes allelic replacement or modification of chromosomal genes involved in maintenance of DNA and membrane biosynthesis, and using transduction and CRISPER methods.  Reporting to the Lab Manager/Principal Investigator, the Research Associate has duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Studies growth profiles of bacterial cells in both rich and minimal media to elucidate the influence of altered membrane compositions on DnaA-mediated DNA replication.
  • Assists in the execution of research experiments, developing laboratory skills, and preparation of experiments for lab use.
  • Performs methods in biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics - such as genetic cloning, gene expression, PCR mutagenesis, protein purifications, bacterial strain constructions, and quantitative biochemical assays.

Lab Administration

  • Provides oversight for the lab, orders supplies, verifies radiation safety requirements and chemical inventory.
  • Maintains laboratory glassware and plastic ware and prepares laboratory reagents and media.
  • Takes the lead in the absence of the Pl


  • Master's degree in biochemistry, biotechnology, and/or molecular biology
  • 5 years of  experience in the field
  • Ability to take action with minimal supervision, work effectively with peers, mentor junior members of the lab, prepare experiments, and provide guidance in support of the research
  • Ability to use sound judgement, verifying unusual situations with the PI
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as email and web-based applications

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