Research Technologist

Maryland, United States
26 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.00-$19.25
Employee group: Full-Time 
Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm 
Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003524-SOM Neuro Neuromuscular 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General summary/purpose:

General Description:

The Cutaneous Nerve Laboratory is a dynamic 14-member lab that works collaboratively to study nerve fibers in the skin. We deal with clinical samples, clinical research projects, animal model-based research and serve as a core laboratory for world-wide clinical trials. Together, we process over 3000 samples for different axonal and sensory structures including unmyelinated and myelinated nerve fibers, Schwann cells, Merkel cells, Meissner’s corpuscles, and subset of nerve fibers.

Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor is responsible for performing routine analyses and tests on animal or human fluids and/or tissue. Work requires basic use of scientific methods, procedures and techniques gained through previous training and experience. Utilizes specialized knowledge to interpret results. Uses basic understanding of theory behind experiments and applies basic analytical skills to implement assigned projects, and to identify and trouble-shoot situations needing special attention.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

Primary responsibility will be to assist with processing of skin biopsy samples that are part of clinical and research protocols. Major techniques include immunohistochemistry and quantification of structures using stereology.  The lab is responsible for meeting regular deadlines and the candidate is expected to work with the PI and lab managers to meet these deadlines.

The candidate should be comfortable following established procedures or protocols that utilize aseptic technique to perform experiments associated with immunohistochemistry, immunology, and stereology. These may require basic blood separation, labeling and assay methods such as ELISA, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, MACs bead isolations and other associated specialized laboratory methods including tissue culture and molecular biology techniques. Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, and/or utilize laminar flow hood. May also utilize sophisticated instrumentation such as: flow cytometer; thermocycler; and spectrophotometer. Operates lab computers for data entry. May utilize in vivo models in experiments. Following experimental protocols, monitors animals and maintains health record in accordance with USDA and AALAC guidelines. Sacrifices and dissects animal tissues as required. Prepares tissue for study utilizing histochemical techniques. Maintains accurate data records. Maintains and makes minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures. Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field plus two years laboratory experience performing relevant techniques.

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.

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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