The Department of Neuroscience seeks a Research Technologist to perform laboratory tasks and complete routine assays following common or established protocols and procedures. Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory member, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing transgenic fly and mosquito colonies, as well as performing routine laboratory management responsibilities.
The Research Technologist will also assist post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the implementation of experiments related to insect and chemosensory neuroscience. Will be trained by the faculty advisor, as well as by lab members.
General Focus of Research Group:
The goal of the laboratory is to understand how the insect brain receives, interprets, and responds to odors. The lab is interested in understanding at the neuronal level how odors regulate insect behaviors. The long-term aim of the group is to apply the research gained to better control insects that pose a threat to human health. The general approach of the lab towards achieving this goal is to develop and employ genetic methods that enable unprecedented control over neural circuits in both the model organism Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) and human vector Anopheles gambiae (mosquito).
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties will be expected after an introductory training period:
Lab fly stock maintenance, which includes transferring and looking after ~1500 fly stocks every 4 weeks
Make fly food each week (~500 vials)
Purchase reagents and equipment as requested by faculty investigator or other lab members
Perform experiments and assisting others in lab as needed; this includes:
Molecular biology cloning of DNA plasmids (PCR, bacterial transformations)
Perform genetic fly crosses
Fly and mosquito brain dissections and immunohistochemistry
Keep reagents, equipment, supplies in the lab stocked
Monthly tracking of consumables spending
Keep lab spaces organized and functional, including coordinating with Facilities for regular maintenance
Help with rearing of mosquitoes
Communicate with outside groups regarding purchasing or maintenance of the lab
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, chemistry or related field.
Preferred Qualifications: Some related post-undergraduate work experience is preferred but not essential. Laboratory experience during coursework or as independent study.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to exercise professional judgment.
Good written and oral communication skills.
Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or laboratory environment.
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: Neuroscience Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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