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Job Req ID:  107794

Research Specialist II

We are looking for a Research Specialist II who will have an understanding of and demonstrated skill in techniques involved in in vitro and highly specialized in vivo (in particular, murine) models of mycobacterial infection and the evaluation of drug efficacy. The individual will rely on knowledge and experience to assist in the planning of and conduct of a pre-clinical research program in antibiotic development for treatment of tuberculosis and infections with other mycobacteria including Mycobacterium abscessus.

Under general supervision, the individual will be assigned projects for stepwise assessment of the activity of new drugs in vitro and in mouse models and will be responsible for developing protocols for PI approval, conducting the experiments and providing the initial data collection analysis and processing for presentations or manuscripts.

The individual will also be responsible for drafting relevant sections of reports and manuscripts for publication. The individual will work with the PI to design, implement and manage the overall research program. Interactions include coordination of studies with other research personnel, hands-on work with the models, supervision of technicians and/or students, consultation with outside experts and custom orders and purchasing from vendors.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design, implement and manage the research program in concert with the PI.
  • Draft relevant sections of reports for PI approval.
  • Independently develop and write experimental protocols for PI approval.
  • Coordinate, supervise and actively participate in conduct of in vitro and animal experiments to evaluate new drug candidates and resistant mutants.
  • Collect, organize and analyze experimental data for presentation and publication.
  • Draft manuscripts for publication.
  • Monitor inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies.
  • Cultivation of pathogenic bacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • Handle bio-hazardous material under Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 conditions without supervision.
  • Infect animals through the aerosol route without supervision.
  • Administer antibiotics or other anti-infectives to animals using injection or oral gavage without supervision.
  • Interact with faculty, lab and administrative staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and outside vendors.
  • Train new employees, fellows, and students in laboratory techniques.
  • Meet weekly with the PI and select staff to review recent data, troubleshoot current experiments, review new experimental protocols and prioritize new experiments.
  • Maintain records of attendance at regulatory/training sessions (e.g., biohazard, radiation safety, HIPPA etc.)
  • Order all lab supplies, purchases, and forward paperwork to administrative staff.
  • Demonstrate organization, curiosity, problem solving, resourcefulness, and flexibility.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • Two years laboratory experience performing relevant techniques.
  • Master's Degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Additional graduate-level training strongly preferred.
  • Pro-active individual who works well independently and as a team member to complete projects, supervise entry level staff, and draft protocols and manuscripts.
  • Experience in mycobacteriology and/or anti-bacterial drug development strongly preferred.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, PowerPoint is preferred.



Classified Title: Research Specialist II  
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB  
Starting Salary Range: $40,100-$55,140-$70,180 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Infectious Disease  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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