Research Specialist

Maryland, United States
19 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $15.97 - $21.94 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:30-5:00 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003302-SOM Psy Neurobiology 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General summary/purpose:

The Laboratory of Genetic Neurobiology, part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, focuses on investigating pathogenic pathways and finding novel therapeutic targets for genetic neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases, including Huntington’s disease and related disorders, spinocerebellar degenerative disorders, and schizophrenia.  We make extensive use of cell and animal models, and employ a variety of molecular and biochemical techniques.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage mouse colonies, including routine care, breeding, injections, behavioral testing, and tissue harvesting and preparation. 
  • Cell culture, including the growth and differentiation of stem cells (iPSCs).
  • Perform molecular and biochemical assays on cells and rodent and human tissues. Tasks will include cell transfection, PCR, quantitative PCR, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, and molecular cloning.  
  • Responsible for daily lab operations, including ordering and managing laboratory supplies, compliance with regulatory requirements, care and maintenance of laboratory equipment, and coordinating among laboratory research projects within and outside of our laboratory group.  
  • Develop and implement new assays.
  • Supervise and train students, provide technical advice and assistance to other laboratory members,

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field.  
  • 1 year of research laboratory experience with cell culture, rodent colony management, and molecular and biochemical techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.  
  • Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

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.

Specific physical requirements for the job: 

  • Sufficient eye-hand coordination for performing experiments using hand-held pipettes.

Supervisory responsibility: 

  • Eventual supervision of junior technician, supervision on day to day level of students.  

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

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