The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:
A full-time research technician position is available immediately to support a research program examining immune responses to pathogenic fungi. Primary duties and responsibilities of the job will include assisting lab members with experiments, maintaining cell lines in culture, purification of antibodies, and maintaining fungal cultures.
Candidate should be comfortable with cell culture, small animal work and dissection, microscopy, and basic molecular biology techniques. The successful candidate will work as part of a team examining aspects of pathogenic fungi, including host immune response, and must be comfortable working with biosafety level 2 organisms.
Maintenance of lab equipment, supply inventory and reagent stocks will also be required. The candidate must be able to maintain accurate records of experimentation and results, manage data, and communicate effectively both orally and in written documents. Additionally, the candidate must understand and utilize safe and proper techniques in the handling of biohazardous materials.
Degree of independent action performed on the job:
The successful applicant will be expected to work independently at times, in collaboration with postdoctoral and lab management staff, and assume primary responsibility for the care and maintenance of multiple cell lines.
Special skills and knowledge (required & preferred):
No research experience is necessary, but a background in molecular biology, biochemistry, and fungal pathogenesis is preferred.
Minimum required education and related work experience:
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field of science required. Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred. Candidate must be able to carry out described functions independently, carefully and accurately.
Computer or other special needs for the position:
Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office. Excellent organizational and communication skills required.
Machines and/or equipment used on the job, include % of time used:
Cell culture (40%)
Laboratory maintenance (25%)
Physical requirements for the job:
Must be able to physically complete laboratory tasks proficiently, and be comfortable working with small animals, mammalian, and fungal cell culture. Some light lifting when performing laboratory tasks will be required.
Applicants should be conscientious, reliable and be committed towards working as an integral team member to achieve research milestones. The initial appointment will be for one year, with possibility of renewal for a second year subject to good performance.
The position will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Arturo Casadevall within the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
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