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Job Req ID:  29039

Research Specialist II



Molecular biologist responsible for supporting specialized laboratory needs, training new technicians and troubleshooting within a genotyping research team. Assist laboratory management with tracking supplies, laboratory organization and upkeep and day-to day processing needs. Works with instrument field applications specialists and engineers to ensure equipment functions properly. Provides recommendations towards purchasing of new equipment and reagents. Teaches/trains all lab staff on newly developed lab automation and workflows.



Specific Duties/Responsibilities:


  • 20% Provide immediate hands-on assistance for solving daily laboratory problems, troubleshooting equipment, software and reagent failures. 
  • Staff is scheduled in split shifts from 6 am to 6 pm. 
  • Research Specialists are cross-trained and scheduled to provide expertise across entire 12 hour time-period for all lab functions.
  • 30% Primary responsibility for extensive hands-on training of new technicians in all aspects of required duties.
  • Assist laboratory manager in assurance of proper training at the completion of the new employee probationary period through formal evaluation and testing procedures. 
  • Training period is 4 months for initial chemistry (sequencing or genotyping).  Cross training occurs as needed and if technologist will be staying long-term.
  • 30% Perform production genotyping duties of a Research Technologist (30% of the time), specifically prioritized to All of Us Research Program (AoU) needs.
  • 10% Acts as a liaison between lab manager, lab staff and AoU specific requirements. This includes.

Specialized, nonstandard:

  • Sample management.
  • Reagent requirements & purchases.
  • QC measures on samples.
  • Management of files from All of Us Research Program.
  • Processing of samples using unusual protocols or workflows.

Data return:

  • 10% Responsible for assisting lab managers in establishment of up-to-date written laboratory protocols to support CLIA compliant AoU workflows.
  • Maintaining safety records.
  • Assuring compliance with QA/QC measures for equipment and production of genotyping data maintaining service/maintenance records on all lab instrumentation.
  • Assuring all required repair and maintenance visits are done in a timely fashion.
  • Responsible for facilitating requests to the programming team in regards to Exemplar, Cerberus and any existing reporting for genotyping projects.
  • Additional duties as needed.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field essential.
  • Two (2) 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.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits (semester hours) may substitute for one year of experience. 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.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Strong background in genomics preferred.
  • Experience with Sanger and/or Next-Gen sequencing preferred.
  • Experience with lllumina lnfinium chemistry preferred. 



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of molecular biology theory and practice, especially PCR and lab automation required.
  • Ability to interact with a group of technicians in a way that creates an effective and productive work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organization skills are essential. 
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively. 
  • The ability to make good judgments independently. 
  • Strong work ethic and excellent work habits required.
  • Ability to utilize NT computers, multiple database instances and interfaces, all lab equipment and robotics



Classified title: Research Specialist II

Working title: Research Specialist II

Role/Level/Range: ACRP 37.5/E/03/MB

Starting Salary Range: $38,920.08 - $53,517.60 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full-Time

Employee Status: Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 37.5hrs/Wk

Location: Suite 200 - 1812 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD – East Baltimore

Department name: 10002884-SOM Genetics Ctr for Inhrtd Dis Res CIDR

Personnel area (School): SOM – School of Medicine



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


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