Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Gaithersburg, MD 
Posted 27 days ago
Job Description

Who We Are: It all starts with purpose.

We are a purpose-driven nonprofit with a dynamic staff culture.

With a meaningful purpose, motivated staff, and excellent benefits, working here will definitely have you smiling! The ADA's headquarters is located just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile and close to public transportation. With more than 400 colleagues, the ADA Staff are some of the most talented people in the Chicago, Washington D.C., and Maryland area.

We were named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune in 2019 and 2021! Come join our team!

Job Responsibilities:

The Postdoctoral Research Assistant assists to conceptualize, plan and execute innovative research projects focused on 3-D tissue culture, single cell and spatial biology, histology, and machine learning-assisted imaging analysis. Perform state-of-the-art research in collaboration with staff and lead the initiatives related to the advancements of mucosal disease models. This position is supported by the Volpe Scholar program and is a 2-year grant-funded position.


  • Doctoral-level degree in health sciences (including biology, chemistry, physics, biomaterials, and engineering)
  • Must have experience in/with research equipment maintenance, and basic biology lab techniques, including histology and/or basic microscopy.
  • Excellent communication skills

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory management practices

  • Ability to plan laboratory management schedule
  • Adaptability to changing requirements
  • Collaborative mindset; open to various viewpoints
  • Attention to detail, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to maintain quality and safety in a laboratory environment
  • Efficient project planning and scheduling
  • Team player mindset motivated to take on new challenges
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to travel to various locations in Maryland where ADASRI has a presence and attend/give a presentation at scientific conferences (overnight)

Nice to Have:

  • Familiarity with oral health research, virology, immunology, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry
  • Publication in pre-print and/or peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience managing activities with external collaborators such as working as part of a team for sample collection, processing, and analysis

Just a few of the benefits offered to employees:

  • Promotes Work/Life Balance
  • Hybrid Work Schedule (2-3 days from home)
  • Health insurance/ dental reimbursement plan
  • Ample Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Pension
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Pet Insurance
  • Student Loan Refinance
  • 2 days off to work at a charity event of your choice

The American Dental Association is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. The American Dental Association is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

EOE of Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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