Under general supervision and instruction, performs clinical and/or research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols. Uses basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab. 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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs clinical and/or research lab tests and experiments. Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate techniques to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: cell culture, laser capture microdissection, DNA, RNA, and protein extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis, western blotting, and, immunohistochemistry. Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication. Regular interaction with students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and other clinical fellows. Responsible for routine operational activities such as: ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc. Preventative maintenance of equipment.
Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements: Computer and Laboratory equipment.
Operates lab equipment such as: pipettes, incubators, water baths, heat blocks, shakers, thermocyclers, autoclave, compressed gas canisters, gel docks, gel imager, and microscopes.
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field required. Some cancer research laboratory experience strongly preferred. Knowledge and practical experience of cell culture, DNA, RNA, and protein extraction techniques, PCR, gel electrophoresis, western blotting techniques, and immunohistochemistry strongly preferred. Knowledge of good lab practices required.
Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 60% of the time. Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on 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 workstation, 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 may include animal, human, human products, DNA, radiation protocols, and other bio-hazardous materials. Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another the laboratory. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes). In some areas workspace is limited.
Staff may be 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.
Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).
Classified Title: Research Technologist Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44 Employee group: Full-time Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Exempt Status: Non-exempt Location: 1550 Orleans St. CRB II Room 362 Department name: Pathology Personnel area: SOM
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