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Job Req ID:  10006

Research Specialist II

General summary/purpose:

This position will provide support for a laboratory in the Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections Division of Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine East Baltimore Campus. The position is in a disease-oriented research group that addresses questions in basic neurobiology, and in clinical neurology. The primary interests of the group are: 1) To identify biomarkers markers for neurodegenerative diseases including HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. 2) To better understand the lipid components of cellular membranes, and how these components interact with proteins to regulate signaling associated with cellular functions such as differentiation, motility, inflammatory signaling and survival. 3) To develop small molecule therapeutics that regulate lipid metabolism as a neuroprotective strategy.  The person will be responsible for laboratory management, and for analysis of lipids and metabolites in human and non-human samples obtained from multiple ongoing studies.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

Laboratory management responsibilities will include ordering and tracking of laboratory supplies, receiving and cataloging human and non-human samples. The laboratory receives, processes, and analyzes both human and non-human samples that include, plasma, cerebral spinal fluid, brain and other tissues. The person hired for this position will be expected to participate in the planning, evaluation, and interpretation of test results using their in-depth knowledge of research laboratory procedures and practices. A background in organic extraction techniques, HPLC, and/or mass spectrometry would be a strong asset. The successful candidate will be trained on methods for organic extraction of human and animal samples, and will assist with the analysis of samples by mass spectrometry.  This will include proper handling of samples, loading samples into auto samplers for analysis, evaluating instrument efficiency and analysis of resulting data.  To be able to accomplish these duties the applicant must be able to use various software applications, such as spreadsheets, databases, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, analyze and/or format data and/or test reports.  The person will be expected to use universal safety precautions when handling human samples and organic solvents to protect themselves, and co-workers from biohazards, including blood-borne pathogens. May perform routine repair or replacement of standard parts on HPLC and mass spectrometers. It is expected that this person will present experimental findings and give brief laboratory updates at weekly lab meetings. Knowledge of SAP to order lab supplies and initiate POs would be an asset. Excellent organizational skills are required for this position.


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

Requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry or neuroscience. MSc preferred. Minimum of two years previous laboratory experience is required.


Preferred qualifications:

A background in organic extraction techniques, HPLC, and/or mass spectrometry would be a strong asset. Strong computing skills for various software applications, such as spreadsheets, databases, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, analyze and/or format data and/or test reports.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication skills. Must show strong English communication skills (oral and written). May Oversee work of others/coordinate


Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

Any specific physical requirements for the job: Communication skills using the spoken word

Ability to see within normal parameters

Ability to hear within normal range

Ability to move about

Sitting in a normal seated position in office setting

Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time


Classified title:  Research Specialist II

Role/Level/Range:   ACRP/3/MB

Starting Salary Range: $37,781 - $51,950 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full-Time

Employee subgroup: Exempt

Schedule: Working 37.5 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm

Location:  Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus Pathology Building


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


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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.


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