Job: Laboratory Technician

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: Based on experience

Location: Baltimore, MD

Position Overview:

The Belin lab ( is a newly established research group at the Carnegie Institution’s Embryology Department (, located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. We seek an enthusiastic and motivated technician to assist in our research on the cell biology of nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria and their symbioses with plant hosts. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits, with an anticipated start date during the fall of 2020.

Specific research responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s scientific interests and background, but will generally include:

  • Preparing media and maintaining bacterial cultures and stocks using sterile technique
  • Applying standard molecular biology methods (g. PCR, Gibson and other cloning methods, gel electrophoresis) to generate transgenic bacterial strains
  • Cultivating soybeans and other legumes in plant growth chambers, including assisting other lab members in maintaining their plants as needed
  • Meeting routinely with Dr. Belin to discuss research progress, priorities and strategies
  • Attending weekly laboratory meetings and preparing regular oral presentations
  • Maintaining precise records of work, in both hand-written and electronic formats
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of shared lab spaces
  • Assisting with support duties relating to general lab management and organization
  • Maintaining professional conduct that supports a cooperative, collegial and inclusive research environment

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in life sciences or related discipline, with at least one year of experience working in a life sciences research laboratory. While plant or microbial biology expertise is desirable, highly curious candidates from any area of life sciences who are enthusiastic about learning new skills and expertise are encouraged to apply.

To be considered for this position, please send the following materials by e-mail to Dr. Belin ( as a single PDF:

  • Brief cover letter including long-term career goals
  • Résumé emphasizing prior research experience
  • Contact information for three references
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are fine)
  • Publications (if available)

Priority will be given to candidates who apply by August 1, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Additional information:

The Department of Embryology is one of six departments comprising the Carnegie Institution for Science. The department functions as a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University and is located adjacent to the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. The department consists of 10 laboratories studying a variety of questions in cell and developmental biology. For more information about the Department, visit

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.