Job: Laboratory Technician – Cleves Lab

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: Based on experience

Location: Baltimore, MD

Laboratory Technician

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: TBD

Location: Baltimore, MD

Position Overview:

The Cleves 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 organized research technician for our laboratory.

Our new lab uses genetic, biochemical, and cell biology methods to understand the molecular and cellular bases of coral-algal symbiosis and its breakdown due to stress. We study corals in the field and utilize several tractable model organisms in the lab (e.g., the small anemone, Aiptasia). Our research is motivated both by the fascinating and poorly understood biology of corals and by the desire to help protect the world’s endangered coral reefs. This position provides an opportunity for a motivated, reliable, organized, and disciplined person to support and participate in this multidisciplinary research that has significant implications for both medicine and conservation biology.

This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits, with an anticipated start date in the fall of 2020 or early 2021.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assisting with the husbandry and spawning of the lab’s sea anemone and algal cultures (e.g., feeding animals, cleaning and disinfecting aquarium tanks, breaking down aquarium tanks requiring the ability lift up to 40 pounds).
  • assays (e.g., microscopy, genotyping, and quantification of symbiont density)
  • Applying standard molecular biology methods (g., PCR, Gibson and other cloning methods, gel electrophoresis)
  • Meeting routinely with Dr. Cleves 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 collaborative, collegial, and inclusive research environment
  • Helping orient and train new staff and students

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with marine organisms and/or with aquarium maintenance
  • Familiarity with fieldwork on marine organisms
  • Experience in molecular and cell biology

While these qualifications are desired, curious candidates from any area of life sciences who are enthusiastic about learning are encouraged to apply.

Required Education & Skills:

  • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in life sciences or related disciplines with at least one year of experience working in a research laboratory
  • General understanding of scientific principles
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work

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

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

Priority will be given to candidates who apply by September 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.