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Job Req ID:  103178

Research Specialist

The Pathology Department is seeking a proficient Research Specialist to work in the neuropathology unit with a firm understanding of techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from some professional experience. Under minimal supervision, this position performs clinical and/or research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols. Participates in the design of experiments and analyzes data. This person will work independently and manage daily research projects. The Research Specialist will assist the principal investigator in the development and coordination of projects, experimentation, data collection/maintenance, and organization of the laboratory. They will run lab tests and complete measurements as assigned. They will Identify and resolve problems and use analytical and decision making skills to implement assigned projects.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • May train students, staff members, and postdoctoral fellows with established SOPs for sample preparation and instrument operation.
  • Is responsible for routine operational activities such as: ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, maintain equipment, ensure adherence with laboratory operation procedures.
  • Reports experimental procedures, results, and problems to PI through planned verbal communication and written/reports and logs. Records outcomes/results of all experiments.
  • Follows established procedures and protocols, utilizes appropriate technique to develop, perform and analyze experiments, which may include making protocol modification within the parameters set by investigator.
  • May assist in animal surgeries and drug treatments in animal models.
  • Maintains transgenic animal colonies as required by research needs in the Koliatsos Lab
  • Creates and maintains cell cultures and performs analysis of cell data.
  • Plans and performs experiments after discussion with investigator.
  • Computer and Laboratory equipment maintaining and operation lab such as cell culture systems, microtomes, fluorescent and confocal microscopes, HPLC, mass spectrometers, spectrophotometer, centrifuges, freezers, vacuum, etc.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or test reports.
  • Knowledge of good lab practices required.
  • Individual must be able to work independently, under minimal supervision with strong decision-making skills and good judgment.


Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 70% of the time. Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus. The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope).
  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas. Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area. Working in laboratory where there may be discomfort due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment. Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, radiation protocols, and other bio-hazardous materials. Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus (specify)). May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example, supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.
  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.



Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • One year of 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.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Course work in related areas in Biomedical science, especially Neuroscience.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.

 

 

Classified Title: Research Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA  
Starting Salary Range: $16.61 - $22.83/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: ​​​​​​​SOM Pat Neuropathology 
Personnel area: School of Medicine 

 

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. 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.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.


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

 

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

 

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Accommodation Information

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Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/ and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/.

 

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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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