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Job Req ID:  17275

Research Technologist



General Summary:

We are looking for a BS or BA graduate with two or more years, experience after graduation to work as a research technician on research projects involving mechanisms and treatments of brain trauma. The work entails animal surgery and care, preparation of brain and spinal cord tissues for histology and immunohistochemistry, and behavioral testing. The technician will work with investigators at Johns Hopkins Neuropathology (Koliatsos Lab). Requirements include BS or BA, experience handling small laboratory animals, and expertise in histological methods applicable to the nervous system. A basic knowledge of molecular or behavioral methods is highly desirable. 

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Duties and Responsibilities: 

Performs research lab tests and experiments.  Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate techniques to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: small laboratory animal handling and surgical interventions, preparation of tissues, immunohistochemistry or fresh tissue techniques such as Western blotting.  Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication.  Regular interaction with students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and other clinical fellows. Responsible for routine operational activities such as; ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc.  Preventative maintenance of equipment.


Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements:  Computer and Laboratory equipment

Operates lab equipment including but not limited to: standard computer equipment, microtome (freezing and paraffin), cryotome, teaching, dissecting and research microscope, microscope equipped with stereology hardware and software, PCR machines, electrophoretic apparatus, impact accelerator TBI equipment, lateral fluid percussion equipment. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.
  • Experience with the nervous system is preferred.


Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up 50% of the time.   Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.  The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.  
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope). 
  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed.  Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas.  Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area.  Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.  Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, radiation protocols, and other bio-hazardous materials.  Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus (specify)).  May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.
  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift.  Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment.  (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).  



Classified Title: Research Technologist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.14-$19.44
Employee group: Full-time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. 
Exempt Status: Non-exempt
Location: 720 Rutland Ross 512 & 558 
Department name: Pathology 
Personnel area: SOM


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


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