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Job Req ID:  108051

Research Specialist

The Infectious Diseases Division is seeking a highly motivated individual with experimental lab experience to work as a Research Specialist.  The Research Specialist will independently, or with minimal supervision, conduct experiments and data analysis on HIV, HCV, HSV-2, and SARS-CoV-2 studies in a Bio Safety Level 2 setting. The individual should be able to follow established procedures to perform experiments, participate in the planning of experiments, and assist in the training of new lab personnel. The Research Specialist is expected to routinely exchange information with other team members and collaborators in an oral and written manner. The successful candidate should be able to solve problems and utilize specialized knowledge in evaluating/interpreting results.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and perform experiments following established procedures including whole blood/tissue processing, ELISA, Microscopy, DNA and RNA extractions, PCR, sequencing, viral loads, biomarker and cytokine multiplex assays.
  • Make protocol modifications within the parameters set by the principal investigator.
  • Keep detailed records of all the testing and help analyze the resulting data.
  • Disseminate study information directly to colleagues and collaborators.
  • Participate in the writing of papers and presentations for meetings/conferences.
  • Assist with training of laboratory staff on specific lab procedures.
  • Ship supplies to active study sites. Receive and process samples from study sites.
  • Use specialized databases to maintain sample inventories and related data.
  • Pull and aliquot samples from freezer inventories as requested.
  • Operate lab computers for data entry and maintain accurate data records.
  • Operate laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, incubator, plate washer, ultra-low temperature freezer, LN2 freezer, high-performance electrochemiluminescence imager, multi-mode plate reader, light microscope, thermocycler, and bio-safety cabinets.
  • Assist with general lab maintenance. 

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • Good oral communication and organizational skills are required.
  • Previous experience with blood processing and using electrochemiluminescence imager are highly desired.
  • Collaborative and cooperative team spirit are required.

Work Environment /While Performing the duties of this job

  • May be required to remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for extended periods of time.
  • May be required to move lab equipment and/or supplies, usually less than 40 pounds, from one research area to another (within the main lab building or to other campus buildings).
  • Exposure to 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 all Health Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas. Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).



Classified Title: Research Specialist   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA  
Starting Salary Range: $16.61-$22.83-$29.04 HRLY (Commensurate with experience0 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Infectious Disease  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:


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. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.


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