Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing large transgenic fly and mosquito colonies, as well as performing laboratory management responsibilities. The candidate will also assist post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the design and implementation of experiments related to insect and chemosensory neuroscience.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage and maintenance of fly and mosquito stocks; fly stock maintenance includes making fly food vials weekly and transferring fly lab stocks; mosquito maintenance may include PCR genotyping; mosquito maintenance includes blood-feeding mice, and the candidate should be comfortable with mouse handling;
- Monitor inventory levels, order materials and supplies including lab consumables, glassware, and reagents in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Maintain accurate, detailed data records, inventories and procedures in laboratory notebooks and electronically on file servers, ensuring their appropriate file backup, description, accuracy, and completion.
- Plan and run set of experiments after discussion with investigator. Work may include making protocol modifications within the parameters set by investigator.
- Process analyzed data into figures for scientific publications. Utilize specialized knowledge to interpret results, e.g. reading controls, evaluate results.
- Use scientific knowledge and lab experience to evaluate whether component parts of experiments are working as they should. Will help troubleshoot experimental problems.
- May participate in protocol development, efficiency, and productivity. Assists in development of new techniques and instruments. Will train new lab members on established techniques.
- Coordinate lab efforts in generating new mutant and transgenic strains of mosquitoes after discussion with investigator.
- Supervise undergraduates or other volunteers in fly and mosquito husbandry.
- Apply published research methods to current experimental work by investigating published protocols and discussing them with PI.
- Manage and perform general laboratory tasks, including maintaining laboratory equipment and service contracts, preparing common reagents, ensuring safety and compliance day-to-day and for annual inspections, training new laboratory personnel, shipping/receiving reagents for collaboration with other investigators.
- Follow established procedures or protocols and utilize aseptic technique to perform laboratory experiments which may include: PCR, molecular biology and cloning, genetic crosses with flies and mosquitoes, and microscopy experiments.
- Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology or other related field.
- 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***.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Highly organized
- Work well in a team
- Detail orientated
- Excellent communication skills