Johns Hopkins University
Advanced Academic Programs
Adjunct Faculty: (
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Advanced
Cell Biology, Cellular Signal Transduction )
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Krieger
School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
As the nation’s oldest and one of the most prestigious research
universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master’s degrees
and post-baccalaureate education to students in the mid-Atlantic
region and online. In addition to the online programs, AAP also
offers master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs at its
Washington, DC Center and at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD.
AAP has approximately 18,000 enrollments each academic year. JHU is
committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and
service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the
The Center for Biotechnology Education within AAP seeks non-tenure
track adjunct faculty to teach the Division of Biotechnology
graduate-level lecture and laboratory courses listed below. The
instructor will teach online and/or on the Homewood campus. Of
particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and
engaging students from diverse backgrounds. In your
submission materials, please include the course(s) from the list
that you are interested in teaching.
Molecular Biology - 410.602
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the key concepts
in molecular biology. Topics to be covered include nucleic acid
structure and function, DNA replication, transcription,
translation, chromosome structure, and the remodeling and
regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Extended topics to be covered include methods in recombinant DNA
technology, microarrays, and microRNA.
Advanced Cell Biology - 410.603
This course covers cell organization and subcellular structure.
Students examine the evolution of the cell, chromosome, and plasma
membrane structures and behaviors, as well as the mechanics of cell
division, sites of macromolecular synthesis and processing,
transport across cell membranes, cell dynamics, organelle
biogenesis, and cell specialization. Students are also introduced
to the experimental techniques used in cell biology to study cell
growth, manipulation, and evaluation.
Cellular Signal Transduction - 410.604
This course is a continuation of 410.603 Advanced Cell Biology and
further explores cell organization and subcellular structure.
Students examine cell-to-cell signaling that involves hormones and
receptors, signal transduction pathways, second messenger
molecules, cell adhesion, extracellular matrix, cell cycle,
programmed cell death, methylation of DNA, modification of
chromatin structure, and mechanisms of the cell. The roles that
defects in signal transduction pathways play in the development of
cancer and other disease states will be stressed.
Biodefense & Infectious Disease Laboratory Methods -
This laboratory course introduces students to the methods and
techniques used for biothreat detection, surveillance, and
identification. Using bio simulants and demonstrations, various bio
detection platforms will be discussed and presented, such as
point-of-detection devices and methods, laboratory-based screening
and identification technologies (culture, quantitative PCR,
immunoassays, biosensors), and high-throughput environmental
surveillance methods. Statistical methods for determining
diagnostic sensitivity and specificity and assay validity will be
discussed. Laboratory practices and procedures for working in
simulated Biosafety Level 2 and 3 environments will be practiced.
Students will be introduced to the current bioinformatics genomic
and proteomic databases used for select agent (category A, B, and
C) identification and characterization.
Immunological Techniques in Biotechnology - 410.660
This laboratory course introduces students to methods for analyzing
the immune system. Participants gain experience with various
immunologic techniques used in research and biotechnology
laboratories, such as immunoassays, immunofluorescence, western
blot analysis, SDS-PAGE, antibody purification (protein A), and
cytokine assays. Additional topics for discussion include hybridism
technology phage antibody libraries, therapeutic monoclonal
antibodies, and flow cytometry.
Bioprocessing and Scale-up Laboratory - 410.731
This course will provide students with hands-on experience in the
process development of biological products from a cell bank through
purification. Students will develop products produced in bacteria,
mammalian cells, and insect cells. Students will optimize growth
conditions on a small scale and then produce the biologic in a
larger-scale vessel. Students will then purify the product after
optimizing purification conditions. Topics to be covered include
microbial fermentation, cell culture production, bioassays, product
purification, and the regulatory, engineering, and business
principles associated with the scale-up of a biologic
Stem Cell Culture Laboratory Methods - 410.780
This laboratory course introduces students to the cultivation and
differentiation of stem cells. Students are introduced to cell
cultivation methods for three types of stem cells and the basics of
tissue engineering. Students will scale-up cells into
mini-bioreactors for large scale use. The class will include
industry-wide practices in cGMP.
Minimum Qualifications: A successful candidate would ideally be
able to begin teaching in Spring/Summer 2023.
- A Master’s degree in the Biological Sciences or in a relevant
- Professional and/or scholarly experience in Biotechnology or
the listed courses.
- One year of college-level teaching experience.
- A Ph.D. or terminal degree in the Biological Sciences or in a
- The background to teach a wide variety of courses in
- The ability to teach both on campus and online courses.
- Two or more years of graduate-level teaching experience.
- Experience in curriculum development and implementation.
The position will remain open until filled.
Candidates must submit the following:
- Cover letter (in your cover letter, please indicate which
course(s) you are applying to teach for)
- Curriculum vitae
- Teaching evaluations for two most recently taught courses
- Official transcript from the highest degree-granting
institution (typically at Master's or Doctoral level)
- Teaching statement/philosophy
- References upon request
The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a background
check and to submit proof of educational attainment.
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