Research Technologist

Requisition #: 315103

Range: CC

Level: 2

Salary: $28,558-$39,250

Status: Full Time

School: School of Medicine

Location: MD - Other Location

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Research / Lab

Contact: Human Resources - (410) 955-2990

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General Description

After entry-level training under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, is responsible for independently performing routine tests in a research laboratory and contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment and supplies.

The focus of the project will include how genetic and environmental factors alter neuronal function and connectivity in the brain, including the dissection of the mechanisms from the cellular level to circuitry and behavior and the utilization of preclinical behavioral neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology, and molecular neurobiology.

Seeking a highly motivated individual to work closely with the PI as a full-time Research Technician.

Primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

Design and perform experiments under the supervision of Principle Investigator.

Opportunities to learn cutting-edge skills and concepts.

Experience in molecular biology and rodent husbandry/handling (preferred) brain histology, rodent behavioral analysis and/or bioinformatic analysis are preferred but not essential

Mouse colony management, genotyping, PCR

Assistance with seminar preparations and other common lab responsibilities monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt.

Utilize in vivo models in experiments. Following experimental protocols, monitors animals and maintains health records in accordance with USDA and AALAC guidelines. Sacrifices and dissects animal remains as required. Prepares tissue for study utilizing histochemical techniques.

Follows established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: basic tissue culture, cell separation methods, electrophoretic separations, assays, basic molecular biology, or other specialized histology and biological science techniques. (This statement includes a wide variety of procedures which may be performed under this title in different laboratories throughout the University. Seldom would all be found in any one position.)

Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, and/or utilizes laminar flow hood.

Operates lab computers for data entry.

Maintains accurate data records.

Maintains and makes minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment.

Complies with biohazard/radiation safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents and/or radiation sources in the workplace.

Completes annual university biohazard/universal precaution/radiation safety training, as appropriate.

Uses sterile techniques to avoid contaminating lab experiments

Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.

Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.

Scope of Responsibility:

Knows the informal policies, procedures and practices necessary to conduct the normal function of a specific section, unit, or work area. Is aware of the role of the position and its potential impact on the working unit.

Decision Making:

Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision. Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on essentially procedure-oriented operations.


Does not direct the activities of staff or a function.


Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication skills.


BS/BA degree in neuroscience, biology, or biomedical sciences

Some related experience required. Must have a working knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines achieved through undergraduate studies, and laboratory experience gained through class work: neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, physics, microbiology and/or genetics. Additional relevant laboratory experience acquired through extracurricular activities or summer employment is very desirable.

Physical Requirements:

Work produced is subject to precise measures of quantity and quality.

Work environment may include areas of unpleasant extremes of cold or heat.

Biohazardous conditions such as the risk of radiation exposure, fumes or airborne particles, and/or toxic or caustic chemicals may be present in this work environment which mandate attention to safety considerations.

Near vision to see objects clearly within 20 inches.

Sharp focus to adjust vision when doing close work that changes in distance from eyes Full spectrum vision to identify and distinguish color.

Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.

Handling by seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with the hand or hands, but without finger dexterity.

Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time Occasional lifting, carrying objects weighing 10 lbs. or less Occasional pushing, pulling objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.

Ability to move about.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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