The research specialist will work independently and make judgements using prior lab experience and scientific knowledge. Work includes interpreting and evaluating results, troubleshooting, independent decisions and training/guidance of undergraduate and graduate students. In general, the candidate will be responsible for helping to manage day-to-day lab operations and will participate in research projects by other laboratory members, including, post-doctoral fellows, laboratory technicians, undergraduate, and graduate working in the laboratory. The research specialist will also be responsible for their own experiments studying the contribution of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, and endocrines in specific neurons to behavior in C. elegans.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
The Research Specialist will investigate the cellular and genetic processes that govern behavior. The primary duties and responsibilities of the employee will include: carrying out an independent research project using optogenetics to generate neuron specific mutations that affect behavior, training undergraduate and graduate students in using C. elegans as a model organism, training students to perform worm assays and molecular biology experiments for their research projects, assisting students with optogenetic imaging and analyzing data, training students in microfabrication of PDMS products, fully maintaining the wet lab space, as well as the following for both worm and spider research: maintaining lab databases of reagents (strains, plasmids, antibodies etc.), managing supplies, interfaces with vendors, ordering consumables and equipment, maintaining records, and upholding safety regulations.
The specialist will conduct his/her own research project and also assist/train other members of the lab in their research projects.
Goals will be to eventually publish research from projects independently conceived and executed.
Lab Management Duties:
Supervising rotating graduate students and undergraduates in worm research projects
Training graduate and undergraduate students in using C. elegans as a model organism, worm assays, molecular biology experiments, and microfabrication of PDMS products in the engineering department
Training students make PDMS products in the engineering microfabrication lab and to use imaging scopes and computers for data acquisition and analysis
Training and/or assisting graduate students in microinjection and DNA integration of C. elegans
Applies published research methods to current experimental work by investigating published protocols and discussing them with PI. This role will also apply research methods developed in-house.
Managing supplies, interfacing with vendors, ordering consumables and equipment, maintaining records, and upholding safety regulations for both worm and spider research
Maintaining and organizing lab strains, bacterial clones, and other common lab reagent collections
Trains new lab technicians and specialists
Machines and/or Equipment Used on the Job:
Materials, machines and/or equipment used on the job include E. coli liquid culture, tissue culture, autoclaves, thermocyclers, balances, pH meters, centrifuges, electrophoresis system, plasma chambers, microinjection system, dissecting microscopes, and compound microscopes.
This position regularly interacts with vendors for price inquiries and negotiations; has independent responsibility regarding supplies and equipment, with a limited budget cap.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
One 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.
Bachelors degree in Biology or similar.
Previous experience with and strong understanding of molecular biology, biochemistry, and microscopy and worm genetics is strongly preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent organizational skills are required.
Record keeping & computer skills are very important.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
The specialist should be competent in Excel, Powerpoint (or Keynote), Word, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Classified Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $17.03 to $23.40 per hour Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10001352-Biology Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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