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Postdoctoral Associate

George Washington University

Job Description

GW has everything you need to succeed in discovery. Outstanding research, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty support discovery and innovative solutions. Researchers and faculty across campus advance interdisciplinary and emerging research and scholarship. Our active GW Postdoctoral Association welcomes your engagement in social and professional activities as you join our research teams. Research guides, coding and data management solutions as well as extensive online journals from GW Libraries help to guide your study. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) supports the research infrastructure and facilitates several institutional research initiatives.
This position is for an NSF-funded Postdoctoral Scientist to participate in interdisciplinary research on a project titled “Foundations of Learning: Individual Variation, Plasticity, and Evolution”. This research is based in the GW Laboratory for Evolutionary Neuroscience. The postdoc will conduct multi-disciplinary analyses of brain histological data and transcriptomics data. The position requires a PhD in anthropology, biology, neuroscience, genetics, or a related field, and expertise in neuroscience techniques, image analysis, bioinformatics, or molecular biology skills. The postdoc will also assist with writing reports and publications, and training students.

Postdocs will design, organize and conduct specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols, troubleshoot and design new protocols, summarize findings and publish results in research journals, under the general supervision of a faculty member. In some cases, postdocs will assume general responsibility for general scientific operations in the lab, and/or provide supervision and guidance to laboratory staff, trainees, and other researchers.

  • Develop and manage the project pipeline together with collaborators, and curate project samples.
  • Develop and test laboratory protocols.
  • Generate neuroanatomical data, and optimize related protocols.
  • Statistical analysis of data.
  • Help oversee student research in the lab.
  • Write up results of experiments and present results to other researchers.
A Postdoctoral Associate:
  • holds a PhD or equivalent degree;
  • develops skills by participating in scholarly projects that are actively mentored by a member of the university faculty;
  • receives financial support in the form of a salary that is typically funded by grants, contracts or departmental funds secured by a faculty mentor; and
  • has a limited term of up to five years at GW.

In collaboration with experienced researchers, this role will participate in the planning and conduction of discovery research, data analysis and interpretation, preparation of materials for publication, presentations at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. This role can expect timely advice as to research directions and career planning for a future independent career.

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.

Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Appointments are limited-term and are designed for those who have recently received a doctorate. Appointments are made to academic departments with the approval of the department head and may require senior officer approval. Appointments are usually for not less than one term and are normally not renewed beyond a total of five years. This appointment is not intended for long-term, indefinite, or career appointments.
Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a Doctoral degree or comparable doctoral degree in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
A minimum of PhD in anthropology, biology, neuroscience, genetics, or related field.
The ideal candidate will have experience with research techniques in neuroscience, image analysis, or bioinformatics.
Typical Hiring Range
Commensurate with Experience How is pay for new employees determined at GW?
Campus Location:
Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)
Research and Labs
Laboratory Research
Individual Contributor
Level 3
Hours Per Week:
Work Schedule:
Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Employee Onsite Status
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please provide names of three references.
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If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
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Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

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.

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