The Laboratory Technician works 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.
Brief summary of duties and qualifications:
This individual will serve as a Laboratory Technician for the Center’s field-based infectious disease prevention projects. Duties will include:
- Lab Specimens
- Follow established procedures and utilize aseptic technique to perform laboratory tasks and/or experiments which may include bacterial subculture, confirmation of bacterial identification, specimen receiving and shipping, aliquoting 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 laboratory, 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
- Lab Safety
- 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
- Assist with the training of field staff in appropriate shipping protocols and designations as responsible party on federally and internationally regulated “Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods” for Category B Infectious Substances
- Operate the lab computer for timely data entry
- Maintain contact with field sites regarding the collection, storage and shipping of specimens and isolates
- Study Activities
- Screen eligible participants for participation in research and service projects
- Administer informed consent
- Work with the rest of the study team on duties related to the general conduct of the study and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and protocols
- Attend and participate in community-based meetings and events including the presentation of study approval requests, project progress and goals achieved
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Minimum of six (6) months of experience in a health care, educational or related setting
- Working knowledge of standard laboratory procedures, aseptic technique, and/or microbiology achieved through work or education
Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must be comfortable completing invasive procedures including specimen collection (nasal, saliva, urine, blood) and other samples from participants; proficiency in the use of computers, including software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing; excellent organizational and time management skills; independent and self-motivated; highly organized and detail oriented; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated strong, positive interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and within a variety of cultures.
Specific Physical Abilities
- Possible exposure to communicable diseases
- Work requires standing and or walking for extended periods of time
- Work requires manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination to perform research study procedures
- Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required.
- Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed. Some evening, weekend and holiday work may be required.
- This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.
Online application link and full position description: Click here
For more information, please contact:
Human Resources Manager
p: (507) 676-1244
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