Postdoctoral Scientist

Updated: about 20 hours ago
Location: Washington, PENNSYLVANIA
Job Type: FullTime

Posting Details

Job Description Summary:

We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist Position in the Chung Lab. The Chung Lab is part of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and the Cancer Center of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. We are excited to work with capable and passionate scientists to solve important questions in cancer metastasis. To learn more about us, please visit:

The Chung Laboratory is a group of scientists addressing fundamental questions in human disease. In particular, we wish to discover how cancer cells become metastatic. Cancer metastasis is the main cause of death in cancer patients. However, it is not clear how cancer cells from solid tumors spread, and this poses one of the biggest challenges in cancer biology. The Chung Lab aims to reveal the crucial molecular and cellular mechanisms in this process, by dissecting the role of novel biophysical changes that we recently reported. We address this important question using both conventional biochemical/cell biological tools and novel and cutting-edge biophysical modalities, including single molecule tracking (SMT) in 2D and 3D on living cells, super-resolution microscopy such as SIM (structured illumination microscopy), mathematical modeling/simulations, and device fabrication. We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral candidates who wish to contribute to this exciting research.

This position is primarily a temporary/training position in which the incumbent plays a substantive role in planning and conducting research by designing and conducting experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, this role will participate in the planning of independent research, will analyze and interpret data, will publish results, will represent the university at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. This position may also help the Principal Investigator to lead and direct the work of lower level research staff. This role performs work under the supervision of experienced researchers. 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a 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:

We prefer candidates who have either qualification described below:
1) Deep understanding of cell biology and/or cancer biology and prior experience with live-cell based fluorescence imaging to undertake mechanistic studies. Candidates with prior research experience in, but not limited to, intracellular trafficking, signaling pathways, metabolism, and exosomes; and proven capabilities of performing various techniques such as molecular cloning/mutagenesis, biochemical and cell biological techniques, and in vivo studies will be preferred.
2) Proven experience in the physical sciences, especially in lipid biophysics, optics, or physical chemistry. Candidates with strong experience with optical imaging or machine learning, and proficiency in math/statistics and coding in Matlab, Labview, and/or C/C++ will be preferred.

Typical Hiring Range $53019 - $68275 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?

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 Individual Contributor
Level Level 3
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40+
Work Schedule: 8:30-5:00, M-F
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Telework: No
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: R000957
Job Open Date: 12/20/2019
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.
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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