A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Leon Grayfer at the Department of Biological Sciences,George Washington University, Washington DC. The Grayfer lab employs the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) as a surrogate model of innate immune cell development, functional differentiation and antimicrobial defenses. The successful applicant will participate in studies aimed at defining the consequences of distinct macrophage differentiation pathways on the anti-viral and anti-mycobacterial capacities of these innate immune cells. Applicants with a doctoral degree (at the start of position) and preferably possessing molecular biology experience are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant should be highly motivated, possess excellent communication and writing skills, and have a record of high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

The duties of this position includes:

* Designs and executes experiments pertaining to multiple projects, collect and analyze data.

* Assists Principal Investigator in the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

* Assists Principal Investigator in writing SOPs and manuscripts.

* Helps maintain a frog (Xenopus laevis) animal colony.

* Participates in team-driven laboratory work.

* 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.

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The George Washington University (GW, GWU, or George Washington) is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1821 as Columbian College, the university has since grown to comprise fourteen undergraduate and graduate colleges and schools, including the School of Media and Public Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, Law School, and School of Public Health. George Washington’s main campus is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood with two satellite campuses located in the Foxhall neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and in Ashburn, Virginia. It is the second oldest and the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia.