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Job Req ID:  624

Research Technologist

Range: CC

Level: 2

Salary: $13.72 - $18.87/Hour

Status: Full Time

School: School of Medicine

Location: School of Medicine Campus

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Research / Lab


General Description


Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, is responsible for efficiently maintaining or improving all technical aspects of the laboratory. Monitoring reagents and consumables to keep constant stable supply for all lab members. Maintaining equipment in good working condition.

Keeping general lab calendars updated and efficiently organized. Performing routine tissue culture to maintain cell lines.

Uses basic understanding of theory behind experiments and applies basic analytical skills to implement assigned projects, and to identify and trouble-shoot situations needing special attention.


Essential Job Functions:


Follows established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: basic tissue culture, electrophoretic separations, basic molecular biology or microscopy.

Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt. Keeps track of laboratory databases (inventory, plasmids and cell lines).

Prepares specialized buffers and reagents (including general plasmids, competent cells, and general cell line stocks) to support all lab members. Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator, 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.

Maintains primary cell lines through procedures which may include passaging, cryopreservation, transfection and/or cloning. 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 universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.


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.

Authority Is involved in generating and enforcing the guidelines to keep efficient lab databases, constant supply and working equipment.

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





Required: BS/BA, or equivalent, in biological sciences, chemistry, or physics


Six months of post-undergraduate experience in a comparable laboratory, or a significant independent research project, not related to normal course requirements preferred. Comparable laboratory experience may be substituted for educational requirement.


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.

Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 10 lbs. or less. Occasionally pushing, pulling objects weighing 30 lbs. or less. Ability to move about.

School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus

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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.

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