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Job Req ID:  54436

Research Technologist

General Job Description:

To conduct experiments to examine mechanisms of memory function in a rat model of aging using standard behavioral, cellular and molecular biology techniques including DNA, RNA and protein analysis, radioactive/histochemical detection and imaging.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Scientific Research and Reporting:

  • Perform all aspects of experiments related to investigation of cognitive function in aging including, but not limited to DNA/RNA/protein extraction, in situ hybridization, western blotting, real time PCR, immunohistochemistry, maintenance of experimental and laboratory records.
  • Duties may also include animal perfusion and brain dissection.
  • Data analysis and literature interpretation are an integral part of these tasks.


  • Assists in training and supervising undergraduate researchers.
  • Responsible for communicating to laboratory personnel details of procedures performed as well as modifications to various methods, as needed.

Maintain Lab Space

  • Responsible for maintaining a clean and safe lab space.
  • This includes proper labeling of new supplies/materials and proper disposal of chemicals and other waste.

Safety and Training

  • Responsible for monitoring radiation usage and disposal, as well as associated record maintenance for the lab.
  • Other duties as assigned, including giving informal reports on collected data.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field required.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience in a comparable laboratory preferred.
  • Working knowledge of one or more neuroscience-related discipline achieved through coursework and laboratory experience is highly desirable: such as behavioral psychology, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience and/or genetics.
  • Experience in data analysis and statistical evaluation alongside laboratory experience with standard molecular biology techniques is highly preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Standard Microsoft office software, PCR, basic molecular biology techniques, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, tissue processing, and maintenance of experimental/laboratory records. 
  • This individual must be able work independently with little or no supervision as well as communicate well with others.
  • Excellent organizational skills are required and proficiency with standard word processing and data analysis (e.g. Excel) programs in both Macintosh and PC computers is expected.


Classified title: Research Technologist

Working title: Research Technologist

Role/Level/Range: ACRO 37.5/E/02/CC

Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Fulltime

Employee Status: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday – 8:30am-5:00pm 37.5hrs/Wk - Occasional weekend work may be needed based on experiments.

Location: Homewood Campus – Baltimore, MD

Department name: 10001376-Psychological and Brain Sciences

Personnel area (School): SOAS – School of Arts and Sciences



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