Research Specialist 2, Clinical Research, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center - Georgetown Univers

Washington D.C.
Jul 21, 2018
Aug 14, 2018
Analyst, Research
Full Time
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Research Specialist 2, Clinical Research, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) is to a state-of-the-art cancer center housing more than 240,000 square feet of clinic and research space. Lombardi's mission is to provide the most advanced treatments available, to train future cancer specialists, and to cure cancer in its many forms.  Lombardi is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, and the only one in the Washington metropolitan area.

The Research Specialist 2 has managerial responsibilities that not only have significant influence on productivity of the lab environment, but also benefit the overall research of the laboratory and the department. S/he provides an organized and productive environment throughout the laboratory for members to work efficiently; and assists in the conduct of research related to scientific projects, including planning and assisting with data collection, conducting data analysis, and presenting and disseminating research results in a viewer-friendly manner. The Research Specialist 2 conducts individual projects, and also engages in collaborative projects with other researchers, including students, staff and faculty. Reporting to the to the Principal Investigator (PI), and working under the general supervision of both the PI and junior faculty, the Research Specialist 2 has duties that include but are not limited to:

Patient Samples Processing

  • Oversees and tracks receipt of patient samples from clinical trials.
  • Processes and performs immunofluorescence, visualization and enumeration of circulating cells from patient blood samples.
  • Ensures proper storage of PBMCs, plasma and serum.
  • Performs data collection, organization and dissemination for other researchers on the project.
  • Explores additional methods to analysis circulating cellular components in clinical and preclinical studies.
  • Troubleshoots all related processes.

Lab Management

  • Ensures laboratory and research personnel are up-to-date with required laboratory certifications for conduct of research; and tracks and maintains individual certifications.
  • Orders and organizes supplies and equipment.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Manages the budget, tracks expenses, and complies with the terms of laboratory funding.

Research Studies

  • Uses immunofluorescence techniques, visualizes and enumerates mouse samples acquired from collaborative projects; and performs optimization of these processes.
  • Performs data collection, organization and dissemination for other researchers on the project(s).
  • Assists in routine assays involving collaborative projects, including Western blot, IVIS, IHC, flow cytometry, and PCR.
  • Performs maintenance and expansion of human and mouse cell lines in cell culture.
  • Performs individual scientific research administered by P.I. or junior faculty.


  • Bachelor's degree - Master's strongly preferred
  • 3 to 5 years of related experience
  • Ability to work under moderate supervision
  • Preference for a strong understanding of the biological concepts and technical applications pertinent to the research interests of the lab

Candidates will be considered based on appropriate combinations of academic study, relevant training, and work experience.

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