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Job Req ID:  5769

Research Technologist

Classified title: Research Technologist

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/2/CC

Starting Salary Range: $13.73 - $18.87 Commensurate with Experience

Employee group: Full-time

Schedule (hours/days): Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 40 hrs.

Employee subgroup: Non-exempt

Department name: Biological Chemistry

Work Location: 725 N. Wolfe St.-Physiology 421

Personnel area (School): SOM


General Summary


Position is Available in Molecular Neuroscience, Synaptic Plasticity/Learning and Memory, and Disorders of the Nervous System.  Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, is responsible for performing routine laboratory duties, conducting experiments to advance scientific knowledge, contributing to the general maintenance of the laboratory including mouse colony management. Work requires basic use of scientific methods, procedures and techniques gained through previous training and experience. 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. Exercises basic computer skills, learns and applies task-specific software necessary to perform laboratory functions.  Communicates and cooperates effectively with the faculty investigator and with other laboratory personnel, to facilitate the research efforts of the laboratory and maintain a collegial and collaborative workplace.  Communicates effectively and professionally with vendors, administrative personnel, and other Johns Hopkins colleagues.


Duties & Responsibilities


Maintains accurate data records, follows established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to perform experiments.  These may require other associated specialized laboratory methods including tissue culture and molecular biology techniques and confocal microscopy, for which training will be supplied.  Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, light microscope, and thermocycler; keeps the laboratory clean and in working order.  Following experimental protocols, performs general mouse husbandry (setting up matings, weaning, tissue harvest for genotyping, ear and toe marking), monitors animals and maintains health records, may perform mouse behavioral assays, and sacrifices and dissects animal tissues as required in accordance with USDA, AALAC and IACUC guidelines.  Prepares tissue for study utilizing histochemical techniques.  Completes annual university biohazard/safety training, as appropriate, and complies with biohazard/radiation safety standards.




Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, molecular biology, or related field required.


Preferred qualifications


Post-undergraduate research or technician experience preferred for this advanced position.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities


English language skills required.

Physical Requirements


Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.  Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 10 lbs. or less.  Ability to move about.

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