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Adjunct Faculty: Division of Biotechnology

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Aug 21, 2021

Job Details

Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876, is America's first research university and home to nine world-class academic divisions working together as one university.


I nstitution Description:

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. JHU is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Description:

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.


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.

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.

Emerging Applications in Biotechnology - 410.606

This foundational online or onsite graduate laboratory course provides an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art introduction to investigative approaches and experimental methods in biotechnology. Combines hands-on training in basic laboratory skills with lecture/live demonstration and virtual immersive technical training. Laboratory exercises have a practical relationship to essential techniques in modern drug discovery, drug targeting and delivery, cellular and tissue analysis and characterization, and determining mechanisms of drug action. Laboratory exercises highlight cutting-edge instrumentation that is currently used in the field.

The Biotechnology Enterprise - 410.607

This foundational biotechnology course provides the biotechnology student an introduction to the business of biotechnology, from scientific discovery through product launch and subsequent organizational and scientific pipeline growth. A course-long project involving several assignments that include aspects of a biotechnology organizational simulation is reflected in a student learning organization (SLO) construct.


Industrial Microbiology - 410.625

This laboratory course covers the principles of various processes associated with the production and recovery of different bioproducts derived from prokaryotes. Topics include the classification of microorganisms, media development, instrumentation, fermentation principles, microbial cell propagation, product recovery, protein purification, and the principles of Current Good Manufacturing Practices.

Mammalian Cell Culture Techniques - 410.652

This laboratory course illustrates the use of basic mammalian cell culture techniques for bioscience research and commercial applications. Students are introduced to mammalian cell cultivation methods, including proper use of a biological safety cabinet, sterile technique, cell enumeration and media preparation, cultivation of mammalian cell lines, detection of contamination, cryopreservation, transfection, mammalian cell culture scale-up, and bioassays. This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge or with limited knowledge of mammalian cell culture methods.

Recombinant Protein Expression, Production and Analysis - 410.657

This laboratory course introduces students to the construction, production, processing, and analysis of recombinant proteins from prokaryotic and eukaryotic sources. Concepts include the design, construction, and delivery of recombinant expression clones, expression of recombinant genes in host cells, protein purification, and protein analysis. Laboratory exercises use current techniques and approaches for the cloning, expression, production, purification, and analysis of recombinant proteins in bacteria and mammalian cells.

Biodefense & Infectious Disease Laboratory Methods - 410.658

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.

Advanced Clinical Molecular Techniques Laboratory - 410.659

This laboratory course consists of integrated laboratory exercises designed to give students hands-on experience with various molecular techniques. This innovative hybrid course is intended for advanced learners with extensive molecular biology experience who want to use the current and emerging techniques commonly employed in government and industry. The onsite laboratory learning experiences will include, but not be limited to, PCR optimization, quantitative real-time PCR, and control of gene expression by DNA sequencing in the clinical setup. The essential concepts discussed will include setting up a clinical lab, writing Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) at the clinical level, and applying for a CLIA certificate.

Methods in Proteomics - 410.661

This laboratory course provides a fundamental understanding of modern mass spectrometers for protein analysis, the ability to operate these instruments, and the ability to prepare biological samples. Focuses on the analysis of proteins, with applications including biomarker discovery, tissue characterization, detection of blood doping, drug discovery, and the characterization of protein-based therapeutics. Students will also utilize bioinformatics-based methods to analyze and interpret large-scale proteomics data.

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. 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 product.

Library Preparation in Next-Generation Sequencing - 410.733

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has revolutionized the field of genomics, enabling high-throughput analysis of DNA and RNA at unprecedented depths and speeds. This laboratory course aims to provide students with hands-on training in the most widely used NGS sample preparation techniques. The course will cover topics such as DNA and RNA extraction, library preparation, quality control, and quantification methods for NGS samples.

Nanotechnology Development and Characterization Laboratory - 410.782

This laboratory course presents a hands-on approach to key synthesis techniques and processes currently used in nanotechnology and nanoscience. Introduces a range of nanometer-scale materials and the synthesis processes used to produce them. Laboratory exercises cover advanced characterization techniques for examining nanometer-scale materials and structures, including microscopic, spectroscopic, and biophysical methods.


Minimum Qualifications: A successful candidate would ideally be able to begin teaching in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024.
  • A Master’s degree in the Biological Sciences or in a relevant field.
  • Professional and/or scholarly experience in Biotechnology.
  • One year of college-level teaching experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in the Biological Sciences or a relevant field.
  • Background to teach a wide variety of courses in Biotechnology.
  • Ability to teach both on-campus and online courses.
  • Two or more years of graduate-level teaching experience.
  • Experience in curriculum development and implementation.
Application Instructions

The position will remain open until filled.

Candidates must submit the following:
  • Cover letter (in your cover letter, please indicate which course(s) your prefer)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching evaluations for two recently-taught courses
  • Official transcript from highest degree-granting institution (Master's or Doctoral level)
  • Teaching statement/philosophy
  • References upon request
The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a background check and submit proof of educational attainment.

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