Johns Hopkins University Research Technologist in Baltimore, Maryland

General Summary/Purpose

We are looking to hire a Research Technologist to provide microscopy assistance within the Multiphoton Imaging Core at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Applicants should have a strong background in basic laboratory techniques and direct experience performing light microscopy (confocal microscopy or epifluorescence microscopy) and data management. They should be capable of assisting other investigators in the design and implementation of experiments. They will provide training in the operation of state-of-the-art optical instrumentation (for example, fiber optic imaging), sample preparation, and image analysis. The candidate will also help oversee maintenance of the microscopes, computers, and related equipment. The candidate may be assigned an independent project, and will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of manuscripts.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Performs microscope alignment and basic maintenance of instrumentation.

  • Schedules use of microscopes through a web-based calendar.

  • Assists in the preparation and mounting/maintenance of biological samples.

  • Provides training in image acquisition and image analysis.

  • Responsible for monitoring computer use and archiving data. Uses various software applications such spreadsheets, databases, and graphics packages.

  • Monitors inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies.

  • Posts relevant information to Core website.

Scope of Responsibility:

Knows the formal policies, procedures and practices necessary to assist other investigators in performing imaging experiments.

Decision Making:

Exercises managerial or professional judgment and assumes complete responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results. Engages in regular and continuous decision making that has an impact on people, costs, and quality of service.


Will schedule the usage and maintenance of a multiphoton confocal microscope and image analysis workstation.


Exchanges routing information with users and director in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication skills. Will meet with the facility manager daily to coordinate instrument use and perform training. Will also meet the facility director monthly to discuss issues relevant to the Core.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some related post-undergraduate work experience preferred.

  • Laboratory experience, and survey knowledge of biological sciences, chemistry or physics. Experience in confocal microscopy or design of custom optical devices is a plus.

Classified title: Research Technologist

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/2/CC

Hourly Rate Range: $13.73-$18.87

Employee group : Full time

Schedule : M-F 40hrs/week

Employee subgroup : Non-Exempt

Department name : Neuroscience

Personnel area : School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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