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Job Req ID:  16789

Research Specialist

The Department of Urology is seeking a well-qualified, driven Research Specialist to work under the directions of  Dr. Woonyoung Choi.  The Research Specialist will be expected to be proficient in a large repertoire of research techniques that will allow them to work in both an independent manner as well as part of a collaborative team within the laboratory and also with collaborators at JHU and other institutions.  Play a role in various aspects of managing the laboratory. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work independently to develop new assays and laboratory methods in support of the laboratory efforts.  Will likely serve as the lead bench scientist on one or more projects at a time, while also performing other tasks that are related to other ongoing projects in the lab or on tasks that are for the overall benefit of the lab and its members. 
  • Make significant/important contributions to various aspects of research efforts. This may include troubleshooting, independent decisions and training/guidance of other lab personnel. 
  • Stay up to date on relevant published research and to incorporate recent findings into the development of their research.
  • Run lab tests and complete measurements assigned, including the set-up of experiments based on defined standards, the collection of project data, analyzing and interpreting results, making conclusions based on the collected data, and designing follow-up experiments.  Use basic scientific knowledge to learn techniques/methods of the lab and/or new techniques/methods. 


While many aspects of the position’s duties will utilize standard laboratory tasks and/or the completion routine assays following common or established protocols and procedures, this position may also be called upon to make significant scientific contribution to the development of new research protocols or the modification of existing protocols to improve efficiency/productivity.   Additionally, they will be expected to gain problem solving skills through progressive training, understanding of the research, and experience.


Play a role in experiments/projects that utilize animal models. This role will include both project specific animal procedures as well as assisting with maintaining the lab’s own mouse colony.


May also be required to prepare, test, and maintain standard laboratory equipment.  Perform related laboratory maintenance, monitoring inventory of supplies, cleaning equipment, and/or ordering of research/laboratory supplies. 


Present research findings and data at regularly occurring lab meetings. They will also be asked to help write and/or compile data/figures for peer-reviewed as well as potentially present research findings and data at research conferences as directed by Dr. Choi.


Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field with 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:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 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 experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Qualifications:

Two years laboratory experience performing relevant techniques.


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.  Able to lift minimum weight, 10 lbs.


Classified Title: Research Specialist   ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $33,545.00 - $46,095.00; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus 
Department Name: Urology 
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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