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Job Req ID:  9846

Laboratory Technician

General summary/purpose:

Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, the laboratory technician is responsible for independently performing routine tests in a research laboratory and contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment and supplies. Assist in development of PCR assays for genetic mutations in transverse myelitis (TM), assist in screening TM samples for genetic mutations, assist in animal surgeries for regenerative stem cell transplantations.  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. 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. May 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. Maintains accurate data records. Maintains and makes minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures. Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt. 


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

High school diploma/GED with some science coursework.


Preferred qualifications:

Some related experience, Knowledge of Medical Terminology


Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, detail oriented, self-motivated, strong interpersonal skills, ability to use personal computer; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; database and spreadsheet knowledge.

Excellent oral and written communication skills and interviewing techniques required.

Detail oriented, Strong interpersonal skills and excellent organizational and time management skills required.

Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision, but asks for clarification when needed regarding data quality and integrity issues and promptly notifies supervisors of any potential concerns regarding interactions with patients.


Any specific physical requirements for the job:

Communication skills using the spoken word

Ability to see within normal parameters

Ability to hear within normal range

Ability to move about

Sitting in a normal seated position in office setting

Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time


Classified title:  Lab Technician

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CB

Starting Salary Range: $11.95 - $16.43 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full-Time

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Working 40 hrs per week; Monday-Friday 8:30-5

Location:  Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus- Meyer Building


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


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


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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