Sr. Research Specialist

Requisition #: 315486

Range: MC

Level: 4

Salary: $43,871 - $60,402

Status: Full Time

School: School of Medicine

Location: School of Medicine Campus

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Research / Lab

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General Description

Primary Purpose:

Make intellectual contribution to scientific research interests of the lab. In collaboration with PI, make research project decisions that may alter research objectives and direction. Contribute to writing peer-reviewed manuscripts and grants. Apply independent thought to make decisions with PI.

Duties and Responsibilities:

An advanced research specialist with sophisticated knowledge and skills gained through education and significant experience to enable pursuit of independent research objectives specific to interests of a research laboratory.

The research specialist participates in planning experiments and evaluating/interpreting test results utilizing detailed knowledge of research laboratory procedures and practices. Capable of independent judgment in the selection, development, performance and evaluation of research methods; operates appropriate equipment.

Designs experiments and analyzes data. Responsible for providing the highest technical expertise to research projects and overseeing laboratory research activities. Manages ongoing research projects through coordination of own objectives and those of laboratory team members. Identifies and selects the best options regarding research projects, scientific strategies and research development.

Directly responsible for designing, optimizing, and conducting all molecular experiments resulting in scientific data for peer-reviewed publications and grant submission. Responsible for analyzing resulting data with computer software and/or sophisticated molecular instrumentation such as

Real-Time PCR instruments.

Responsible for the independent development of innovative methodologies in several areas of research. Primary duty is to develop, write and implement laboratory protocols and assays developed by the laboratory. Interacts directly and independently with scientists at all levels including pre- and post-doctoral fellows as well as clinical and research faculty to design and execute long-term research projects, ensure IRB compliance, discuss and troubleshoot experimental protocols and results, and provide technical writing for resulting manuscripts.

Enhances problem solving through interactions and discussions with collaborators or senior researchers at meetings and or professional presentations.

Direct supervisor of residents and students to ensure highest standards of laboratory techniques and adherence to safety procedures in the laboratory. As the research area builds, responsibilities include an active role in recommendations for hiring, development, retention, and performance appraisals of any research staff hired.

Responsibility includes co-authorship of manuscripts, and critical readings of most grants and manuscripts.

The candidate will have experience conducting high-throughput assays and in vivo electroporation in mouse retina.



Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.


4 years experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques. Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

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