The Pathology Department is seeking a proficient Research Technologist in the Neuropathology unit who, under general supervision, performs research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols or with instruction. This position will use basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab. They will run lab tests and complete measurements as assigned. The Research Technologist identifies and resolves common problems and uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects. They understand the role of senior lab members and accept constructive guidance. This position sets-up experiments based on defined standards and collects and maintains project data.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Performs research lab tests and experiments. Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate techniques to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include development of immunological assay and handling of animal, cell culture, as well as biological technology.
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.
Conducts preventive maintenance of equipment to include maintaining and troubleshooting equipment, making routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur.
Performs general lab housekeeping and maintaining safety records.
Performs miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of good lab practices. Good computational skills. Good oral and written communication skills.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting) up to 80% of the time and standing/walking at 80%.
The employee is required to use hands/fingers to touch, type and/or feel. Will operate computer keyboard, and/or laboratory instruments, small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides.
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) for laboratory positions.
Position is primarily in a laboratory environment where exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed for assigned work areas. 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, and radiation protocols.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another including laboratory supplies or luggage. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides. In some areas work space 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. Annual training and testing requirements.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
Some related post-undergraduate work experience, ideally in Neuroscience.
Some related research laboratory experience strongly preferred.
Classified Title: Research Technologist Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $15.00 - $20.40/hr (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30-5:00 Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Pat Neuropathology 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:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. 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.
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