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Johns Hopkins University Lead Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland

General summary/purpose :

The Biophysics Research for Baltimore Teens (BRBT) program provides opportunities for Baltimore City high school students to experience hands-on biomedical research in a state-of-the-art research facility at Johns Hopkins University. BRBT paid internships are five days a week for a six-week period, from June 26th through August 4th.

BRBT interns experience the excitement of scientific discovery in a high-tech teaching laboratory equipped with the latest in research instrumentation under the guidance of two full-time instructors. BRBT’s goal is to give the students confidence, mentorship, and know-how to excel in the research laboratory, and to give them a pathway to a career in biomedical research.

BRBT brings together a mix of students and mentors, ranging from high school sophomores to Johns Hopkins undergraduates. In addition, students spend part of their time in Hopkins research labs with graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty. This exposure to a cross-section of scientists helps high school students see a clear path from their current studies to a lifelong career in science.

In addition to learning valuable lab skills, BRBT interns attend class where they learn the scientific concepts at the core of the experiments they perform in the lab. This aspect of the internship program helps students develop critical thinking skills necessary for them to be successful throughout high school and beyond into college.

BRBT students focus on biophysics research, first learning how to prepare reagents and materials for biophysical studies, and then quickly transition into microbiology techniques and DNA and protein engineering. This curriculum gives them not only the basic building blocks for biomedical research, but also the thrill of molecular-level discovery.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Monitor performance and progress for ten high school students and four JHU undergrads.

  • Differentiate instruction for individual students as appropriate.

  • Provide regular feedback to Program Director on how students are doing. Evaluate the curriculum’s effectiveness and assist in refining the curriculum after students complete the course.

  • Practice positive and effective classroom management.

  • Handle student conduct issues according to protocols.

  • Communicate with students, parents, host school administrators and supervisor to resolve any issues with students or the course/program implementation.

  • Cooperate with and help facilitate research efforts

  • Supervise and mentor a classroom assistant, if one is assigned.

  • Teach assigned sections of Academic Communication and four Portfolio Development sessions

  • Attend Welcome Ceremony and orientation.

  • Insure every intern’s poster is complete and ready for presentation at the Closing Ceremony Student Presentations

  • Ensure students get clear and detailed feedback on their performance and participation

  • Maintain accurate attendance and scholastic records of students.

  • Participate in regular communication with the Summer Intensive staff and program manager

  • Attend in-person orientation session, diversity/inclusion training and staff meetings

  • Maintain a high level of professionalism as a representative of the school

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • 3 or more years experience teaching academic and business writing, especially to international students.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with significant coursework in biophysics, biochemistry or a related field.

Preferred qualifications:

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • This position constantly communicates with students during lessons and frequently with parents, supervisors and other adults about student progress and any concerns.

  • Ability to teach using engaging, student-centered methods. Excellent communication skills.

  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, especially those from urban populations.

  • Ability to lead an effective class with skill and patience.

Any specific physical requirements for the job:

  • A significant portion of the curriculum is hands-on activities, meaning the candidate should have fine motor skills to model expectations to students.

  • The person must be able to exchange information in all situations accurately and tactfully.

Additional Information:

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the US.

  • The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.

Classified Title: Lead Teacher

Working Title: Lead Teacher ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB

Starting Salary Range: $19.96-$27.45 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Casual / On Call

Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday

Exempt Status: Exempt

Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus

Department name: 10002771-SOM Biophy Biophys and Biophys Chemistry

Personnel area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu . For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

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