Research Technologist

  • Cannabis Jobs
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 09 Mar, 2021

Job Description

**General Summary/Purpose:** The Research Technologist will work in a laboratory where the goal is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying etiopathophysiologies of a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as intellectual disability, schizophrenia, depression, and age-related cognitive impairments. In particular, we investigate how genetic, environmental factors such as adolescent cannabis use and psychosocial stress, and aging affect stress-related biological signaling mechanisms, leading to impairment of brain development and function relevant to psychiatric disorders. Our research will also aim to identify new therapeutic targets and biological markers for early intervention of these devastating conditions. After entry-level training under the general supervision of a faculty investigator, this position is responsible for supporting postdoctoral researchers to conduct experiments, independently performing routine tests in a pre-clinical research laboratory, and contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment and supplies. **Specific Duties & Responsibilities:** + Design and perform experiments under supervision. + Responsible for mouse colony management, genotyping, and PCR. + Utilize in vivo rodent models in experiments. Following experimental protocols and in accordance with USDA and AALAC guidelines, monitor animals and maintain health records. + Sacrifice and dissect animal remains as required. Support the researchers to conduct behavioral experiments and analyze the data. Prepare tissue for study utilizing histochemical techniques. + Follow established procedures or protocols and utilize aseptic technique to perform laboratory experiments which may include basic tissue and cell culture, cell separation methods, electrophoretic separations, assays, basic molecular biology, or other specialized histology and biological science techniques. + Operate basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, and/or utilizes laminar flow hood. + Operate lab computers for data entry and maintain accurate data records. + Assist with seminar preparations and other laboratory responsibilities. + In accordance with established policies and procedures, monitor inventory levels, order materials and supplies, and count orders upon receipt. + Maintain and make minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. + Complete annual university biohazard/universal precaution/radiation safety training, as appropriate. + Use sterile techniques to avoid contaminating lab experiments. + Use universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens. + Prepare solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures. + Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned. **Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):** + Bachelor's degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, physics or related field. **Preferred Qualifications:** + Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred. + Experience in molecular biology and rodent husbandry/handling, brain histology, rodent behavioral analysis, bioinformatic analysis, and programming/engineering skills are preferred. + Must have a working knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines achieved through undergraduate studies and laboratory experience gained through coursework: neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, physics, virology, microbiology and/or genetics. + Additional relevant laboratory experience acquired through extracurricular activities or summer employment is very desirable. Classified Title: Research Technologist Working Title: Research Technologist ​​​​​ Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.14-$19.44 per hour (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003822-SOM Psy Molecular Psychiatry Program Personnel area: School of Medicine 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 jhurecruitment@jhu.edu . 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. **Equal Opportunity Employer** Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled. **EEO is the Law** Learn more: https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated\_files/employers/poster\_screen\_reader\_optimized.pdf Equal Opportunity Employer: Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.