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Job Req ID:  59256

Research Specialist

The Department of Genetic Medicine is seeking a Research Specialist . This role will develop assays and protocols for PI approval and design experimental approaches for research projects. Perform a wide range of sophisticated assays. Make significant/important contributions to various aspects of research efforts. May include troubleshooting, independent decisions and training/guidance of other lab personnel. Maintain a large mouse colony.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for assigned daily research projects.
  • Utilize specialized knowledge to interpret results, e.g. reading controls, evaluate results.
  • Maintaining mouse colony including breeding, genotyping and record keeping.
  • Use scientific knowledge and lab experience to make judgments and decisions.
  • Works independently.
  • Teach/train students, and new technicians in the lab. Guide, direct and facilitate problem solving for entry-level lab members on day-to-day problems with more challenging research assays.
  • Make scientific contribution to protocol development, efficiency, and productivity. 
  • Collaborate in development of new techniques and instruments.
  • Apply published research methods to current experimental work by investigating published protocols and discussing them with PI.
  • May scientifically contribute to writing of manuscripts and grants.
  • Process analyzed data into figures for scientific publications.
  • Responsible for mouse drug trails including dosing of drugs via drinking water, IP injection or oral gavage.
  • Utilize in vivo models in experiments. 
  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
  • 1 year 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 may substitute for one year of experience. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  •   Histology experience.
  •   Previous mouse experience.
  •   Experience with tissue sectioning, IHC and IF.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic understanding of molecular biology and genetics. 
  • Able to safely operate scientific laboratory equipment.


Physical Requirements:

  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm.
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see and hear within normal parameters.
  • Lift, carry, move supplies, computers, glassware, etc.
  • Ability to move about workspace.


Classified Title: Research Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $16.13 - $22.16/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5:00 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine Campus

Department name: ​​​​​​​Department of Genetic Medicine 
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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