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Job Req ID:  47999

Research Technologist



Responsible for cell culture, removing/adding specimens to biorepository, shipping biological specimens, and customer service in a busy core facility.  



Specific Duties/Responsibilities:


  • Primary responsibilities include Biorepository management, workflow and Biorepository customer support.  
  • Inventory management: Monitor inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, documents orders upon receipt. 
  • Monitor biospecimens for distribution. 
  • Working in repository: Will be shipping biological specimens and cell lines to investigators at other institutions (international/domestic shipments of biological according to federal regulations), depositing and retrieving frozen specimens from liquid nitrogen freezers, minus 80 degree freezers and minus 20 freezers.  
  • Assist with physical inventory of the Biorepository and investigator specific specimen migration. 
  • Maintain accurate data records.  Updating of database and documentation in Laboratory notebooks.  Maintain and make minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment.  
  • Use various software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports.  Carry out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.   
  • Prepare Invoices for work completed. Monitor Dry Ice and prepare Dry Ice invoices  
  • Interact with customers of various levels, including investigators from other institutions. Will be held accountable to a standard in daily laboratory workflow.  
  • Assist in CAP required maintenance and reporting systems. Support SOP driven methods and comply with all CAP and ISBER guidelines. 
  • As needed will assist with cell culture: Ability to follow established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to maintain human and animal cells in culture.  Perform duties, including: preparation of media and tissue culture reagents; sterilization and preparation of tissue culture equipment; handling cultures; and propagation, maintenance and special manipulations of cell lines (e.g., EBV transformations), and cryopreservation.  
  • As needed in cell culture: manage cell culture for special projects. Manage inventory of shipping stocks. Perform Quality control checks on shipping stocks. Prepare live flasks for shipment.  Prepare Fibroblast cells from skin biopsy. 
  • Assist as needed with other support measures within the GRCF Biorepository & Cell Center.



Minimum Qualifications:


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



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.
  • Additional relevant laboratory experience acquired through extracurricular activities.   



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Excellent communication skills and ability to function well in a team production setting.  Punctuality, attendance, and ability to interact with other positively/respectfully.



Machines/equipment used: 


  • CO2 incubators 
  • Laminar flow hood 
  • Centrifuge 
  • Microscope 
  • Cell counter 
  • Autoclave 
  • Liquid Nitrogen storage freezers 



Classified title: Research Technologist

Working title: Research Technologist

Role/Level/Range: ACRO 40/E/02/CC

Starting Salary Range: $15 - $19.44 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full-time

Employee Status: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday – 8:30am-5:00pm 40hrs/Wk

Location: 600 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD

Department name: 10002886-SOM Genetic Resources Core Facility GRCF

Personnel area (School): SOM – School of Medicine



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


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