This individual will provide support to Johns Hopkins Genomics by performing tasks for the center's two clinical laboratory units: the DNA Diagnostic Lab and the Molecular Diagnostics Lab.
This individual will provide routine clerical and limited technical support to the laboratory manager and staff. Under supervision this person is taught to perform and understand the principles for: routine specimen handling, accessioning and laboratory preparation following established procedures. They will perform routine maintenance, reagent preparation, organization of documentation and will be expected to gain an understanding of laboratory operation to assist investigators as needed.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Work closely with the laboratory technical staff, following standard operating procedures and testing protocols. This individual will provide routine technical support in specimen handling and processing protocols. Perform routine and preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment. Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures. Monitors inventory levels, and requests materials and supplies to be ordered, as well as counts orders upon receipt.
Document and report test results. Complete required logs and supporting documents. Assist with scanning, faxing, and filing as needed.
High School Diploma/GED with some science coursework. Training Certificate from Technical Institute preferred. Certificate from technical institute or internship experience preferred. Prior laboratory work experience is preferred, but not required.
Must have basic computer, telephone, and fax skills. Ability to work with various laboratory tools and basic lab equipment. Work requires precision and attention to detail. Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments. Must be able to communicate and work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.
Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 75% of the time. Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus. The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper documents, charts and results.
Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized when established safety and health precautions are followed. Must comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas. Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area. Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus (retrieval and delivery of specimens between 1812 Ashland and hospital locations). May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.
Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).
This is a Required Attendance position – in the event of unexpected University closings including inclement weather or declared emergency, the employee in this position is required to report to work and/or remain at work.
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