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Job Req ID:  9998

Lab Technician


Under the general supervision of a laboratory manager or senior technician, performs clinical and/or research laboratory tests by following established procedures and protocols with instruction, and utilizes laboratory equipment and instruments, making minor adjustments as required.  Uses basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab. Runs lab tests and completes measurements as assigned. Identifies and resolves common problems and uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects. Understands the role of senior lab members and accepts constructive guidance. Responsible for lab maintenance, preparing solutions and ordering media and supplies.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

  1. Follows routine protocols under the supervision of senior lab personnel and mentorship of a faculty investigator. 
  2. Conducts and helps perform various experimental procedures that include a working knowledge of microbiology, immunology and molecular biology techniques. The experimental procedures include: in vivo models of Staphylococcus aureus infections that utilize in vivo bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging, human organotypic cell cultures, various other human and mouse cell cultures, isolation of mouse and  human cells from peripheral blood, isolation of mouse and human cells from the skin, immunohistochemistry, immunoassays (ELISA, myeloperoxidase assays), molecular biology techniques such as isolation of RNA, RT-PCR, real-time PCR, gel electrophoresis, microbiology techniques needed to grow and harvest Staphylococcus aureus, affinity column purification, FACS/Flow cytometry, intracellular staining, and protein analysis and quantification (e.g. western blots). Develops or assists in the development of new techniques as needed.
  3. Responsible for calculating, transcribing and analyzing data using data analysis methods under the supervision of supervisor.
  4. Assists in generating and analyzing data for grant submission and/or publication.
  5. Prepares, cleans, sterilizes, and maintains laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments used in research experiments.
  6. Monitors inventory levels and orders material and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  7. Prepares solution, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures. 
  8. Assists with bench lab work.
  9. Operates requisite laboratory equipment and instruments, records data, and perform laboratory tests, making minor adjustments as required.
  10. Uses sterile techniques to avoid contaminating lab experiments.
  11. Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.  Complies with biohazard/radiation safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents and/or radiation sources.  Completes annual university biohazard/universal precaution/radiation safety training, as appropriate, as well as other required online and in-person trainings and compliance requirements.
  12. Monitors equipment performance and maintenance schedules.  May perform routine repair or replacement of standard parts.


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, and within the Department.  Functions as a member of a team, working to promote an atmosphere of respect, collegiality, integrity and discovery.  


Decision Making

On a regular and continuous basis, follows experimental protocols, complies with biohazard/radiation safety standards.  Engages in regular and continuous decision making having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service.



Carries out duties and responsibilities with some supervision.  Exchanges non-routine information using tact and persuasion as appropriate requiring good oral and written communications skills.  Practices service recovery and demonstrates service excellence in all aspects of the job.



High school diploma or GED required. 



Some laboratory work experience preferred.



Classified title: Casual Lab Technician

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/2/CB

Salary:  $12.61 - $16.44

Status:  Casual

Department:  Dermatology

Work Schedule/Hours:  Less than 20 hours per week, flexible with schedule

Location:  East Baltimore Campus

Personnel area: School of Medicine

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


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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