Job Description Summary:
The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at the George Washington
University is an active research department, with federally funded programs in
neuroscience and development, cardiovascular pharmacology and integrative
physiology, genomics and oncology. We provide unique training opportunities in
biomedical research at the pre and postdoctoral level. We offer courses in
Pharmacology and Physiology for Medical and Physician Assistant students, as
well as several courses at the graduate level through the GW Institute for
Biomedical Sciences. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of
educational opportunities to our community, and to advance scientific
knowledge and improve human health through cutting-edge research in the
biomedical sciences. Additional information on the Pharmacology & Physiology
department can be found at the following link:
The Mendelowitz lab is focused on how the autonomic nervous system, and
particularly specific populations of neurons in the brainstem, control heart
rate, airway resistance, and other essential cardiorespiratory functions. In
addition to understanding the role of these neurons in normal physiology, we
also seek to determine how these neurons and pathways are altered to initiate
and/or sustain cardiorespiratory diseases, particularly in the prevalent
cardiovascular diseases obstructive sleep apnea and heart failure. Our
overarching goal is to identify novel targets of opportunity for treating
This research support position contributes to research/development by
assisting with experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. The core
responsibilities of this position include assisting with data collection and
administration of experimental procedures, and assisting with administrative
aspects of preparing manuscripts for publication. This position may perform
some lab maintenance duties as a secondary function. This role typically works
under immediate supervision, and the primary job functions do not require
exercising independent judgment.
The Research Assistant will be involved in conducting experiments to
understand the cardiorespiratory network in the brainstem, and how this
network function is altered in diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea and
Additional duties include:
• Aseptic surgical techniques
• Animal breeding, genotyping and husbandry
• Solution preparation
• Surgical procedures for microinjection of viruses into targeted CNS nuclei.
• Enhances professional knowledge and skills by attending seminars/workshops
and reviewing published literature.
• 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.
Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in a related discipline. Degree must be
conferred by the start date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum
• Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and to prioritize multiple
tasks and demands.
• Strong communication and excellent organizational, customer service and
interpersonal skills are essential.
• Ability to work independently, learn actively, and function at a fast pace
is key to success in this position.
Typical Hiring Range $17.96 - $24.29 How is pay for new employees determined
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Laboratory Research
Stream Service and Support
Level Level 2
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30
Will this job require the employee to work on site? Yes
Employee Onsite Status
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? No
Posting Number: R001132
Job Open Date: 07/16/2021
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.
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.
Posting Specific Questions
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