The Wilson Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University is seeking aResearch Assistant. The Research Assistant will work under the general supervision of the faculty investigator. The work performed by the Research Assistant will include the synthesis of novel biomaterials via small molecule and polymer chemistry, analysis of synthesized materials via NMR spectroscopy, liquid chromatography, and mass spec. In addition, the Research Assistant will be responsible for a variety of lab duties, including waste management, cleaning glassware, monitoring and ordering lab supplies, and general upkeep of the lab environment and equipment. The Research Assistant will be expected to work from 30-40 hours per week Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00pm. On occasions, experiments might require work to be done outside of normal business hours.
The Wilson Lab focuses on the synthesis and preclinical validation of biomaterials-based immunomodulatory therapies that bias the adaptive immune response towards antigen-specific immunity or tolerance. Utilizing organic chemistry, the aim of our group is to synthesize bespoke biomaterials with specific immunomodulatory functionalities. In addition to immunomodulatory therapies, we are also developing platforms that modulate the spatial-temporal delivery of both small molecules and biologics.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Synthesis, purification, and characterization of small molecules via organic chemistry.
Synthesis, purification, and characterization of polymers and macromolecules via organic chemistry.
Management of general lab supplies and reagents to ensure availability for the entire lab.
Responsible for the safe and expedient disposal of solid and liquid wastes.
Cleaning glassware and maintaining the tidiness of general lab areas.
Onboards new lab members, and trains students and other junior personnel in basic laboratory techniques, including organic synthesis.
Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
Participate in weekly laboratory meetings and other ad hoc meetings as needed.
Adhering to the safety policies of the lab and the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at JHU.
Highly motivated and have a proven track record of conducting independent research.
At JHU we pride ourselves in establishing a creative, stimulating, and diverse environment wherein researchers put their ideas into action and obtain expertise in technology development and chemistry approaches.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Possesses sound organizational skills.
Possesses sound documentation skills.
Ability to carry out experimental protocols reliably and reproducibly.
Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
Experience in small-molecule and polymer synthesis and characterization.
Additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Experience with small molecule and polymer chemistry, flow cytometry, NMR, mass spec, liquid chromatography.
Classified Title: Research Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.75-$23.00-$29.30 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM BME Cell and Tissue Engineering Personnel area: School of Medicine
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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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