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Job Req ID:  55077

Research Specialist

General Summary/Purpose


Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, the Research Specialist will focus on performing both routine assays and experimental techniques in the study of viruses (HBV, HCV, SARS-CoV-2, etc.) and the immune system. 


He/she will be expected to organize and present data to the faculty investigator. Additional responsibilities will include contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies. 


With supervision from a faculty investigator or senior staff, the candidate will be responsible for performing experiments of multiple ongoing research projects simultaneously, analyzing data, generating figures to summarize the data, and presenting the data to a faculty investigator in a clear and concise way and in a timely manner.


 Specific Duties & Responsibilities


  • Follow established procedures and utilizes aseptic technique to perform experiments associated with virology and immunology of HBV, HCV, SARS-CoV-2, etc.
  • Perform various biological assays to explore mechanisms influencing viral outcome and infectivity: nucleic acid extractions and purifications, gel electrophoresis, real-time PCR, ELISA, cell culture and transfection, molecular cloning, western blotting, sequencing, droplet digital PCR, LCM (laser capture microdissection), etc.
  • Perform, troubleshoot, and improve protocols for the neutralizing antibody cell-based assays for HCV and HBV.
  • Willingness to work with mice. Experience managing mice colonies is preferred. Basic surgical techniques including but not limited to tail vein injection, saphenous vein blood collection, liver dissection, and cardiac puncture.
  • Rigorous documentation of experimental planning, experimental methods, and experimental results updated on a daily basis. Responsible for operation of lab computers for data entry. Maintain accurate data records and laboratory notebook.
  • Along with the faculty investigator or senior lab staff, works to develop and institute protocols for routine laboratory analyses. Maintains and improves training procedures and is responsible for training entry-level employees on relevant techniques.
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, spectrophotometer, light microscope, plate washer and/or utilize biological safety cabinet. This person will utilize sophisticated instrumentation such as flow cytometer, spectrophotometer, luminometer, thermal cycler, light cycler, droplet generator, LCM, etc.
  • Maintains and makes necessary adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
  • Monitors inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt.
  • Additional responsibilities related to the daily laboratory operations will be assigned as needed.


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other related field, and a minimum of 1 year of work experience in biology, chemistry, or related field required.


Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 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. *


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


 Basic techniques in virology, immunology, and molecular biology. Basic Microsoft Office experience helpful.


Multiple experience in molecular, immunological, cell culture, and mouse handling techniques is a plus.





Classified Title: Research Specialist 
Working Title: Research Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $33,545 - $46,095; Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/week 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 60000203-SOM DOM ID Hepatitis Center 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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