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Job Req ID:  18890

Research Technologist


General Summary/Purpose:

Under the general supervision of the laboratory manager and senior research specialist, performs research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols and/or with instruction. Uses basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab and to implement existing techniques. 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. Sets-up experiments based on defined standards. Collects and maintains project data.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Specimen collection and phlebotomy are desired, must be willing to be trained.
  • Specimen processing following multiple study procedures, must pay attention to details.
  • Specimen repository duties such as sample retrieval from mechanical freezers or liquid nitrogen units, being able to work in extreme temperature units without jeopardizing the integrity of the specimens.
  • Shipping biological specimens following IATA guidelines.
  • Assist in quality control operations.
  • Must achieve and maintain certification in study procedures per study protocol as a condition of employment.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as directed as well as monthly conference calls with various study sites.
  • Understanding and adherence to compliance and confidentiality policies and procedures.
  • Understanding and adhering to CLIA guidelines in regards to immunological testing and reporting.
  • Responsible for routine operational activities such as; ordering supplies and materials as needed, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc.  
  • Preventative maintenance of equipment.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • BS/BA degree in biological sciences or equivalent. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some related experience.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Sterile technique.
  • Universal precautions, infectious goods shipping knowledge and biology, immunology, virology and serology knowledge is essential.
  • Knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques required.


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Complete annual biohazard/safety training. 
  • Working knowledge of Excel, data entry skills, organization, team player and attention to detail.


Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 50% of the time.  
  • Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on and off 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 include, human, human products, DNA, and other bio-hazardous materials.  Use of personal protective equipment is required.
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus from one building to another (e.g. supplies and equipment needing sterilization by autoclaving)).  May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes, frozen specimens at -80 and -180 degrees Celsius, bulk reagents, liquid bio waste). In some areas work space is limited.
  • 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.


Classified Title: Research Technologist 
Working Title: Research Technologist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


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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