Research Technologist

Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Jul 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Pathology Department seeks aResearch Technologist who will work under general supervision, perform research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols or with instruction and use basic science knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab. This individual will run lab tests, complete measurements as assigned, identify and resolve common problems and/or use analytical skills to implement assigned projects. They understand the role of senior lab members and accepts constructive guidance. The Research Technologist will learn animal physiological techniques and methods to perform and assist in experiments with the goal of identifying ways to protect the neonatal brain from cardiac arrest and encephalopathy. To this end, this individual will prepare animals surgically, carefully monitor the animal, run lab tests, and complete measurements as assigned.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs or research lab physiology experiments on large animal models of neonatal brain damage.
  • Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate techniques to perform laboratory tests and experiments which will include:
    • Preparation of sterile surgical packets
    • Animal anesthetization
    • Tracheal intubation for artificial ventilation
    • Artery and vein catheterization
    • Instrumenting for monitoring vital signs, including depth of anesthesia, blood pressure, heart rate and ventilation parameters, blood gas/chemistry measurements, body temperature, closing/suturing surgical wounds
    • Post-operative procedures for animal wake-up from anesthesia and recovery.
  • Be a team player and exchange routine information about the experiments and protocols in an appropriate and professional manner requiring respectful, amicable, and effective oral and written communication.
  • There will be regular interaction with physician-scientist and basic scientist faculty members (senior and junior), a laboratory manager, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and other research technologists. .
  • Following appropriate training, perform animal euthanasia by transcardial intra-aortic perfusion of the body with buffers and fixatives, and dissection of organs and tissue for biochemical and histological studies.
  • Prepare solutions (buffers and fixatives) for animal euthanasia.
  • Learn paraffin processing and cutting of tissue specimens for histology.
  • Responsible for entering animal experiment physiology data into the laboratory database and maintaining up to date records of animal experiments and tests in accordance with USDA and AALAC guidelines.
  • Prepare surgical packets using an autoclave.
  • Additional efforts will include:
    • Animal feeding
    • Animal cage clean-up and sanitation
    • General laboratory organization.
    • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine.
  • A background in animal physiology and surgery training would be welcomed.
  • Other helpful experience would be in a neuroscience-related field specifically brain tissue processing, tissue cutting, immunohistochemistry, neuroanatomy, brain biochemistry, and microscopy.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of good laboratory practices.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 70% of the time.
  • Required to traverse throughout the laboratory and access equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations.
  • 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, attending to animals and using physiology equipment.
  • Must be able to lift at least 20 pounds.
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen and equipment monitors, paper reports/documents, charts and results.
  • Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color, structure, movement such as in animal saliva, blood, and urine samples and in histological specimens as well as animal ventilation.
  • Hearing requirements include the ability to discern animal vocalizations and physiology monitor signals and alarms.

Laboratory Environment:

  • Personnel will be exposed to animals, 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.
  • Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift.

Schedule:

  • The work schedule for these experiments can be variable and will include: 7.30 AM-4 PM, noon-8 PM, and 7 PM-7 AM shifts. Working overnight 7 PM-7 AM shifts for animal experiments will secure time-and-a-half compensation and a work week of 34 hours.
  • Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).

Classified Title: Research Technologist
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC
Starting Salary Range: $15.00 - $20.00/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: VARIES Day/Evening/Night hours
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Pat Neuropathology
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 atjhurecruitment@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.

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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.

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