The Department of Neurosurgery is seeking a Research Assistant. Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, the candidate will operate as part of a research team collaborating with HEPIUS Innovation Lab and the Hunterian Lab at Johns Hopkins Medicine that is focusing on the design and development of novel ultrasonic medical devices, as well as the application of these technologies on biological models. The candidate will work closely with the neurosurgery department to conduct in vivo research using therapeutic ultrasound.
The candidate should be able to work in a fast-paced environment requiring brainstorming, and conceptualization of treatments that align with lab objectives, engage in the mentorship of junior lab members, and be involved with the writing of journal publications. The ability to work and solve issues independently with minimal direct supervision is important, as well as the ability to seamlessly engage in teamwork and communicate with different entities involved in various projects. Project management skills and managerial ability are a plus.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
The candidate will be involved in developing innovative therapies (blood brain barrier opening, thermal ablation, etc) for clinical needs using focused ultrasound instrumentation.
The candidate will be involved in the testing of commercial therapeutic ultrasound devices and eventual integration of technologies in both the clinical and research setting.
Duties involved in this position include design and development of experimental set up, preparation of biological specimens and conducting analysis, involvement in small animal handling, and conducting in vivo experiments using advanced therapeutic ultrasound research platforms.
Candidate should be familiar with computer-aided design (CAD).
The candidate will be handling and operating commercial ultrasound systems (eg. FUS Instruments RK-50, Brainbox's NeuroFUS).
This role also includes in vivo data acquisition and image analysis of results obtained from MRI, Optical Imaging.
Critical and design thinking is required to develop project and treatment plan for therapies.
Support of grad students/ undergrads.
Involvement in writing journal articles and scientific reports.
Engineering and research support for a multidisciplinary team including clinicians, industry, and FDA.
Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
Some related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
*Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
Ability to work independently to perform tasks under minimal supervision.
The ability to comprehend and engage in scientific discourse.
Basic computer skills including zoom, presentation, excel, and project management software.
MATLAB, python, or other coding skills are a plus.
Cell culture and biological specimen handling experience.
Experience in using basic laboratory equipment such as microscopes, centrifuges, etc.
Experience operating fluorescent microscopes, scanners, and other common laboratory equipment.
Small animal handling and animal surgery experience.
Scientific writing experience.
Having experience with operating Focused ultrasound systems is a plus.
Classified Title: Research Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.75-$23.00 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 m Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Neuro Sur Spine Personnel area: School of Medicine
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
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