Classified Title: Research Technologist Working Title: Research Technologist Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.00-$19.25 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 60002528-BiolChem Fac/Staff Personnel area: School of Medicine
A research technologist position in neuronal plasticity studying molecular mechanisms that govern gene expression in normal brain cell function and which are dysregulated in settings of disease, such as autism and neuropathic pain.
Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, a highly motivated individual is responsible for conducting experiments to advance scientific knowledge, and contributing to the general maintenance of the laboratory including routine laboratory duties and mouse colony management. Capable of exercising independent judgement while participating in the planning of experiments and evaluating and interpreting results. Will provide training to other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis. May be assigned an independent project and might participate in the creation of manuscripts.
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 and 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.
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.
Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.
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.
This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities; it does not exclude other duties.
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