We are seeking a Laboratory Technician who will work for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) as part of its infectious disease prevention team. This is a full-time position. This position works together with the Center's field and Baltimore-based research team to assist in the development, coordination and delivery of field-based public health services.
The goals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluate the impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improving health outcomes for Native American families and communities. Study data results will focus on public health outcomes specific to the approved protocols at the worksite.
The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is located administratively within International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The core activities housed at CAIH include research studies of infectious diseases and behavioral health, and a training program.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of site, field and Baltimore-based supervisory staff members this individual will serve as a Laboratory Technician for the Center's field-based infectious disease prevention projects. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Follow established procedures or protocols and utilize aseptic technique to perform laboratory tasks and/or experiments which may include bacterial subculture, confirmation of bacterial identification, specimen receiving and shipping, aliquotting of specimens, monitoring specimen inventory, and sample processing and storage
Operate basic laboratory equipment such as a vortex, centrifuge, incubator, and additional equipment as appropriate
Prepare bacterial subcultures of Category A Infectious Substances.
Conduct and document tests to confirm identification of bacterial agents of (e.g.) pneumonia and meningitis, using algorithms and laboratory media appropriate for suspected etiologic agents
General Lab Maintenance
Contribute to the general maintenance of the laborary, equipment and supplies
Know where to locate and how to use the Material Safety Data Sheet binder and provide updates to the Indian Health Service (IHS supervisor as needed on reagents used in the Center's Whiteriver lab)
Monitor freezer and refrigerator temperatures, documenting and responding to temperature excursions
Maintain specimen inventory and organization according to procedures
Respond to freezer alarms and related specimen integrity issues, identify, document, and communicate issues as needed
Prepare solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures, as appropriate
Prepare materials for microbiological testing of bacterial cultures
Monitor supply inventory levels, and maintain organization of supplies
Order materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, count orders upon receipt
Comply with use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, lab coat and protective eyeware as required
Comply with biohazard/radiation and general laboratory safety standards through proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents and/or radiation sources in the workplace
Handle dry ice and liquid nitrogen in accordance with safety guidelines
Assist with the training of field staff in appropriate shipping protocols and designations as responsible party on federally and internationally regulated
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