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Job Req ID:  103296

Research Specialist

We are seeking a Research Specialist. The Research Specialist will participate in laboratory research, and will be responsible for performing animal experiments, cell and tissue culture, in-vitro microbiological assays, and next-generation sequencing. In addition, the specialist will be part of all academic activities in the lab, including participation in group meetings and journal club, literature reviews, and manuscript writing.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Mouse work - designing and performing experiments in SPF and germ-free mice, using multiple metabolic, immune, and infectious models.
  • Sequencing - performing microbiome analysis using next-generation sequencing, including purification of DNA/RNA from biological samples, PCR and qPCR amplification, sequencing libraries preparation and quality validation. Training will be provided for individuals interested in utilizing bioinformatic tools for microbiome analysis.
  • Tissue and cell culture - maintaining and preserving cell cultures, maintaining aseptic technique, preparing media with the appropriate characteristics, passaging, freezing and storage, recovering frozen stocks, and counting viable cells.
  • Microbiology - designing and performing experiments in aerobic and anaerobic conditions, including with BL2 pathogens.
  • Perform, document and analyze experiments in a rigorous and ethical manner to be included in publications / grants.
  • Train junior members (new fellows/students/visiting scholars) in the lab and performs quality assurance reviews for the scientific data, as well as participate in the discussion of ideas for new research projects.
  • Set up, optimize and validate lab protocols.
  • Organize laboratory working areas and supplies.
  • Routine maintenance of equipment.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).
  • Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or laboratory environment.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Microbiology 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
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience in at least one, animal husbandry, next-generation sequencing, metabolomics.
  • We are looking for candidates who work well with others and are enthusiastic to learn.



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: Monday-Friday/8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Public Health 
Department name: ​​​​​​​W Harry Feinstone Dpt Molec Mblgy Imlgy 
Personnel area: School of Public Health 


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.


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