Research Technologist

Maryland, United States
$14.00 - 19.24
04 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/02/CC
Salary: $14.00 - 19.24
Status:  Full-Time
Department:  Institute for Genetic Medicine
Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday/6am-6pm (shifts are flexible)
Location: East Baltimore Campus 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

This position will be responsible for sample handling, planning and executing molecular genetics tests (i.e., genotyping or sequencing) on large numbers of DNA samples.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Will be trained to accomplish some or all of the following tasks:
  • Prepare and complete SNP genotyping assays including, but not limited to, Illumina assays and workflows.
  • Prepare samples for targeted capture of specific regions of DNA for sequencing experiments.  This includes library preparation and capture techniques.
  • Prepare and complete Next-Gen sequencing assays including, but not limited to, Illumina HiSeq workflows.
  • Perform quality control checks of data using various software, including, but not limited to, GenomeStudio, Spotfire and other in-house QC metrics reports.
  • Set up polymerase chain reactions; trouble-shoot such reactions.
  • Operate and troubleshoot robotic liquid handlers
  • Work with laboratory information system (LIMS) for all experiments.  
  • Identify issues with LIMS and assist programmers with validation of fixes.
  • Perform validation tests of lab reagents.
  • Participate in committees that function to improve processes.
  • Collect, organize, interpret and submit experimental data to database and supervisors.
  • Maintain timely and accurate laboratory records (electronic and written).
  • Perform general lab maintenance duties.
  • Barcode and enter sample associated information into the database.
  • Transfer DNA samples into 96-well plate format.
  • Receive and prepare deepwell DNA stock plates and create working DNA plates.
  • Determine concentration and volume of DNA samples using various instruments.
  • Dilute samples to working concentrations.
  • Maintain and monitor inventory of all in-house DNA samples and reagent supplies.
  • Communicate effectively to supervisor and team members.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in biological sciences and requires flexible work hours beginning as early as 6:00 a.m. and/or ending as late as 6:00 p.m. 
  • The job requires superior organizational skills for time and data management. 
  • Ability to function well in a team production setting is necessary.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Technical qualifications or specialized certifications: Centrifuges, Illumina BeadLab system (Tecans, iScans, HiScans, TeFlow), Covaris, BioAnalyzer, Nanodrop instruments, Illumina HiSeq, Illumina MiSeq, thermal cyclers, robotic and manual liquid handlers, common laboratory equipment, Macintosh, PC computers, UNIX servers, MySQL database, qPCR, Fragment Analyzer, laboratory information system (LIMS)

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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