The Department of Psychiatry, Division of Molecular Psychiatry Programs seeks a Research Technologist to perform routine tests in a research laboratory, contribute to general laboratory maintenance, and maintain equipment and supplies. This position provide opportunities to learn cutting-edge skills and concepts.
The focus of the project will include how genetic and environmental factors, including viral infection, alter neuronal function and connectivity in the brain, including the dissection of the mechanisms from the cellular level to circuitry and behavior and the utilization of preclinical behavioral neuroscience, neuro-psychopharmacology, and molecular neurobiology.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Design and perform experiments under supervision.
Responsible for mouse colony management, genotyping, and PCR.
Utilize in vivo models in experiments. Following experimental protocols and in accordance with USDA and AALAC guidelines, monitor animals and maintain health records. Sacrifice and dissect animal remains as required. Prepare tissue for study utilizing histochemical techniques.
Follow established procedures or protocols and utilize aseptic technique to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include basic tissue culture, cell separation methods, electrophoretic separations, assays, basic molecular biology, or other specialized histology and biological science techniques. (This statement includes a wide variety of procedures which may be performed under this title in different laboratories throughout the University. Seldom would all be found in any one position.)
Operate lab computers for data entry and maintain accurate data records.
Assist with seminar preparations and other laboratory responsibilities.
In accordance with established policies and procedures, monitor inventory levels, order materials and supplies, and count orders upon receipt.
Maintain and make minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment.
Complete annual university biohazard/universal precaution/radiation safety training, as appropriate.
Use sterile techniques to avoid contaminating lab experiments.
Use universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.
Prepare solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field. Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in molecular biology and rodent husbandry/handling, brain histology, rodent behavioral analysis, bioinformatics analysis, and programming/engineering skills are preferred.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have a working knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines achieved through undergraduate studies and laboratory experience gained through coursework: neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, physics, virology, microbiology and/or genetics.
Additional relevant laboratory experience acquired through extracurricular activities or summer employment is very desirable.
Classified Title: Research Technologist Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44/Hour; Commensurate with experience Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus Department Name: Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry Program Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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