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Job Req ID:  10952

Research Specialist II

Classified Title: Research Specialist II 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/3/MB
Salary: $38,536 - $52,989
Status:  Full-Time
Department:  Oncology
Work Schedule/Hours:  Monday-Friday/8:30-5p/37.5 hours
Location: East Baltimore
Personnel area: School of Medicine



The Department of Oncology is seeking a Research Specialist II to operate and maintain highly technical multi-parameter laser-based flow cytometers which can be operated under BSL3 conditions.  Successful performance in this role generally requires some prior flow cytometry experience, as well as some technical training.  This individual will work within the Flow Cytometry Technology Center (FCTC) at the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (BKI) assisting investigators to execute experiments involving cell sorting and analysis.  This individual will work under FCTC manager/director in supporting and providing technical assistance to end users.  Additional responsibilities include assisting users in scheduling, instrument start-up and calibration, routine maintenance, and some data analysis as well as ordering and maintaining supplies.


This work requires a knowledge of laboratory concepts, practices and procedures, operations, and regulatory requirements - especially for the sorting and analysis of untested human samples under BSL3 conditions.  Additionally, this position requires a basic knowledge of flow cytometry as it applies to translational immunology.  Other responsibilities include but not limited to: inventory control, purchasing and maintenance of laboratory equipment, monitoring environmental risks, quality control, and data archiving.




  • Maintain multi-laser flow cytometers as well as general laboratory appearance.


  • Work under FCTC manager with multiple principal investigators and their personnel to execute appropriate flow cytometry and sorting studies.


  • Apply knowledge of concepts, principles, practices and methods specifically used in cell sorting and analysis.


  • Aid in the execution of research operations within BKI FCTC as prescribed by the flow center manager/director.  Assist in scheduling appointments, ensuring proper maintenance of all instruments at FCTC.


  • Monitor use of equipment and ensures that supplies and inventory are maintained. Ensure compliance with safety standards to maintain a safe laboratory environment.


  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and knowledge of basic computer skill.


  • Exhibit familiarity with applications in multiple scientific areas – including gene expression, cytokine expression, cell biochemistry as well as basic FACS techniques for immuno-phenotyping and sample processing.



Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field and two years of laboratory experience performing relevant techniques.


JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits 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.



Master's degree with related graduate research may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula.


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