Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Suez lab for microbiome research is looking to hire a full-time research specialist, starting January-April 2021. The successful candidate will help set up and contribute to multiple projects in the lab related to microbial ecology and host-microbiome interactions in metabolic, infectious, and autoimmune diseases.
The individual will participate in laboratory research, and will be responsible for performing animal experiments, in-vitro microbiological assays, and next-generation sequencing. As part of a new lab, the individual will participate in setting up, optimizing and validating laboratory protocols as well as prepare, test, and maintain standard laboratory equipment.
We are looking for collegial individuals who will contribute to forming a collaborative and inclusive research environment. Individuals from underrepresented groups in biomedicine are encouraged to apply.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Mouse work: design and perform experiments in SPF and gnotobiotic mice, using multiple metabolic, immune, and infectious models.
Perform microbiome analysis using next-generation sequencing, including purification of DNA/RNA from biological samples, PCR and qPCR amplification, sequencing libraries preparation and quality validation. Training will be provided for individuals interested in utilizing bioinformatic tools for microbiome analysis.
Microbiology: design and perform experiments in aerobic and anerobic conditions, including with BL2 pathogens.
Perform, document and analyze experiments in a rigorous and ethical manner to be included in publications / grants.
Train junior members (new fellows/students/visiting scholars) in the lab and performs quality assurance reviews for the scientific data, as well as participate in the discussion of ideas for new research projects.
Set up, optimize and validate lab protocols.
Organize laboratory working areas and supplies.
Ordering of lab supplies through the Johns Hopkins SAP system.
Routine maintenance of equipment.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology or related field.
One year laboratory experience performing relevant techniques.
Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula:
* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. 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. *
Prior research experience with rodents, and/or DNA sequencing preferred but not mandatory.We are looking for candidates who work well with others and are enthusiastic to learn.
Classified Title: Research Specialist Working Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $16.12 - $27.44; Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day, Up to 40 hrs/ week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001154-W Harry Feinstone Dpt Molec Mblgy Imlgy Personnel area: School of Public Health
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