Research Technologist

Maryland, United States
$13.73 - $18.87/hour
25 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $13.73 - $18.87/hour
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8-430 
Employee subgroup: Salaried Non-exmt 
Location: 1550 Orleans Street
Department name: 10003082-SOM Ped Infectious Disease 
Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University

General Summary/Purpose:

The Research Technologist will be joining a multidisciplinary group working in the cutting-edge area exploring non-invasive diagnosis and monitoring of bacterial infections using imaging (e.g. PET, SPECT, CT, MRI), and expertise in microbiology, immunology, radiology and infectious disease or other related fields. This research is part of NIH-funded projects that are using bacteria-specific radiolabeled compounds to detect infections in vivo using imaging.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned:

  • Use basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab.
  • Perform laboratory tasks and complete routine assays following common or established protocols and procedures.
  • Perform laboratory experiments with animal models (mice, rats, rabbits) which includes necropsies and tissue processing (sectioning) for immunohistochemistry, microscopy, biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell culture.
  • Assist in the cultivation of pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureusE. coli and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Will handle bio-hazardous material under Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 conditions.
  • Gain problem solving skills through progressive training, understanding of the research and experience.
  • Understand the role of senior lab members and accepts constructive guidance.
  • Interact with faculty, lab and administrative staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and outside vendors.
  • Increase own skill base and knowledge of lab research and relevant assays.
  • Train users in standard equipment operation and routine lab techniques and procedures.
  • Collect project data, organize/collate and analyze data.
  • Recommends revisions to experimental methods based upon observations of the data.
  • Prepare, test, and maintain standard laboratory equipment.
  • Perform related laboratory maintenance, participate in cleaning rotation of common laboratory space/equipment and monitor inventory of supplies.
  • Demonstrate organization, curiosity, problem solving, resourcefulness, and flexibility.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.

Preferred qualifications:

Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Technician will be required to wear a PAPR (powered air-purifying respirator) while working in Biosafety Level 3 facility.

Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, electronic mail and World Wide Web. Work requires precision and attention to detail. Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments. Must be able to work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory. Strong working knowledge of computers, skilled in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, file organization, and internet research.  Working knowledge of GCLP, CAP, CLIA regulations and CLSI procedure formats applicable to a clinical lab. 

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

  • Any specific physical requirements for the job: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 75% of the time.  Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.  The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment. 
  • 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). 
  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed.  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.  Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory).  In some areas work space is limited.

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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