Classified Title: Research Specialist Working Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Hourly Pay Rate Range: $15.97 - $21.94/ commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday - 8:30a - 5:00p / 40 hrs per wk Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002905-SOM Neuro Sci Neuroscience Personnel area: School of Medicine
Responsible for managing large transgenic fly and mosquito colonies, as well as performing laboratory management responsibilities. The candidate will also assist post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the design and implementation of experiments related to insect and chemosensory neuroscience. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, work well in a team, be detail orientated, and have excellent communication skills.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Manage and maintenance of fly and mosquito stocks; fly stock maintenance includes making fly food vials weekly and transferring fly lab stocks; mosquito maintenance may include PCR genotyping; mosquito maintenance includes blood-feeding mice, and the candidate should be comfortable with mouse handling;
Plan and run set of experiments after discussion with investigator. Work may include making protocol modifications within the parameters set by investigator.
Process analyzed data into figures for scientific publications. Utilize specialized knowledge to interpret results, e.g. reading controls, evaluate results.
Use scientific knowledge and lab experience to evaluate whether component parts of experiments are working as they should. Will help troubleshoot experimental problems.
Assist post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the design and implementation of experiments related to insect and chemosensory neuroscience. May participate in protocol development, efficiency, and productivity. Assists in development of new techniques and instruments. Will train new lab members on established techniques.
Apply published research methods to current experimental work by investigating published protocols and discussing them with PI.
Monitor inventory levels, order materials and supplies including lab consumables, glassware, and reagents in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Maintain accurate, detailed data records, inventories and procedures in laboratory notebooks and electronically on file servers, ensuring their appropriate file backup, description, accuracy, and completion.
Coordinate lab efforts in generating new mutant and transgenic strains of mosquitoes after discussion with investigator.
Supervise undergraduates or other volunteers in fly and mosquito husbandry.
Manage and perform general laboratory tasks, including maintaining laboratory equipment and service contracts, preparing common reagents, ensuring safety and compliance day-to-day and for annual inspections, training new laboratory personnel, shipping/receiving reagents for collaboration with other investigators.
Follow established procedures or protocols and utilize aseptic technique to perform laboratory experiments which may include: PCR, molecular biology and cloning, genetic crosses with flies and mosquitoes, and microscopy experiments.
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
1 year laboratory experience performing relevant techniques.
Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
* JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *
Experience with insect rearing (flies, mosquitoes, or other) is recommended but not essential.
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