The Spinal Fusion Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is seeking a motivated laboratory technician with surgical experience in animal spinal fusion models. We have several ongoing projects studying novel therapies for improving spinal fusion outcomes, including delivery of various growth factors and biological agents, stem cell-based therapies, and tissue engineering approaches. Our laboratory is also interested in problems concerning overall spine health. In particular, we aim to investigate therapies for improving vertebral bone quality in patients with conditions such as osteoporosis that may require future spinal fusion procedures. The ideal candidate would have animal surgery experience in rodent models and be proficient with animal handling, dissection, histology and immunohistochemistry. Experience with sterile techniques, cell culture techniques, basic molecular biology techniques, and microscopy would be an asset.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Performing animal surgeries, including animal handling and anesthesia.
Assisting in the management of the animal colony.
Basic use of scientific methods, procedures and techniques including use of appropriate safety precautions.
Assisting laboratory personnel to conduct experiments (including dissection, histology, immunohistochemistry, and molecular assays) following standard protocols.
Preparing solutions, reagents, media and stains using standard laboratory protocols and procedures.
Preparing, cleaning and sterilizing laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments.
Collecting data and maintaining records as required by the research protocol.
The successful applicant will work closely with the post-doctoral research fellow as well as other laboratory members to maintain the laboratory and its equipment.
High school diploma/GED with some science coursework.
Experience working with animals is required.
Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment.
A certificate from technical institute, college degree or internship experience required.
Experience in using micropipettes, histology, immunohistochemistry and/or molecular techniques (like ELISA, PCR) is strongly preferred.
Experience in sterile tissue culture techniques would be helpful.
Classified Title: Laboratory Technician Working Title: Laboratory Technician Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Salary Range: $13.00-$16.93 per hour; commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/ week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003536-SOM Neuro Sur Spine Personnel area: School of Medicine
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