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Research Technologist #110913

We are seeking a Research Technologist who is needed for the Coyne lab. The lab uses induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived neuron (iPSN) and postmortem human tissue models to understand the mechanistic basis and pathophysiologic consequences of impaired nuclear pore complex (NPC) and nuclear envelope surveillance and homeostasis in neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).



The Research Technologist will assist with various projects in the lab and primarily be responsible for the maintenance and differentiation of iPSNs, processing of samples for western blot and qRT-PCR and carrying out western blots and qRT-PCR experiments. The technologist may also assist with immunostaining and confocal imaging as required.


The Research Technologist will participate in planning experiments and evaluating/interpreting test results utilizing detailed knowledge of research laboratory procedures and practices. The individual should be capable of judgment in the selection, development, performance and evaluation of research methods and operation of appropriate equipment.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Follows established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to perform laboratory experiments which include: iPSN culture (passaging and maintenance), qRT-PCR, western blotting, cloning and/or subcloning, immunostaining, and other basic cell and molecular biology techniques.
  • Uses various software applications, such as Excel spreadsheets, electronic mail, World Wide Web, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble and/or format data.
  • Participates in the organization and operation of the laboratory.
  • Performs general lab maintenance duties such as monitoring of inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Maintains excellent written records and electronic databases.
  • Prepares solutions and reagents following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
  • Plans and executes a defined set of experiments following discussion with the principal investigator.
  • Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.
  • Completes annual university biohazard/universal precaution safety training, as appropriate.
  • Monitors biohazard safety standards and proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents in the workplace.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some knowledge of or experience with aseptic mammalian cell culturing preferable but not required.
  • Basic understanding of or experience with western blotting, qRT-PCR, or immunostaining preferable but not required.
  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.




Classified Title: Research Technologist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC  
Starting Salary Range: Min $15.50 - Max $26.00 HRLY ($36,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Neurodegenerative and Injury Program  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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