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Job Req ID:  62164

Research Specialist

The Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics seeks a Research Specialist  who is sought to carry out independent projects, make research project decisions that may alter research objectives and direction in the Holland laboratory at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Holland lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms that control accurate chromosome distribution and the role that mitotic errors play in human health and disease. Our work utilizes a combination of chemical biology, biochemistry, cell biology and genetically engineered mice to study pathways involved in mitosis and their effect on cell and organism physiology. We seek a specialist to assist with projects using mouse models and may provide general support to the laboratory by training new students and performing general laboratory tasks. Please see our website for more details on our research (www.hollandlab.com).


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Using knowledge and skills gained through education and experience to pursue independent research projects in the interest of the laboratory’s scientific objectives.
  • In addition to following established protocols, designing, optimizing and executing new experimental protocols as necessary. Specialist should be capable of independent judgment in conducting experiments and evaluating next courses of action.
  • Evaluating results and preparing figures for peer-reviewed publications and grants.
  • Work independently or in team-based setting and coordinate own objectives with those of laboratory colleagues and team members. Interact with and/or train other lab members.
  • Experimental techniques and areas may include: genetically manipulating human cell lines, mouse husbandry, cloning and sequencing plasmid constructs, performing molecular biology techniques, microscopy, Co-IP and in vitro biochemical assays.
  • General laboratory support may include: managing and organizing laboratory equipment, protocols and databases, monitoring inventory levels, ordering materials and supplies, preparing specialized buffers and reagents to support all lab members, operating and maintaining basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator, spectrophotometer, light microscope.
  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field with 1 year laboratory experience.
  • 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.  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:

  • Master’s Degree majoring in biological sciences or a related field with at least 2-4 years of laboratory experience working with mouse models (independent research project not related to normal course requirements strongly preferred).
  • Experience with cloning/molecular biology and/or mouse models preferred but not required.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Self-motivated and actively seeking to increase skills, expertise and knowledge-base.




Classified Title: Research Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $16.29 - $22.38/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine Campus

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM MBG Molecular Biology and Genetics 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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