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Job Req ID:  77203

Research Specialist

Our laboratory focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms for drug resistance and disease progression in the plasma cell neoplasm multiple myeloma. We are seeking a Research Specialist who is highly motivated individual with strong experience in molecular and cellular biology, human cell culture, and animal work.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Involved in experimental design and has primary responsibility for planning, implementation, evaluation and interpretation of results.
  • The design and interpretation process often will be in collaboration with the PI but may also be completed independently.
  • Modifies experimental design as needed when problems arise when appropriate
  • Performs a range of assays and troubleshooting as necessary. Trains others to perform assays.
  • Expert on the use and maintenance of lab equipment; trains others in the proper use and maintenance.
  • Compiles, analyzes, and interprets research data using various computer software applications.
  • Conducts library research and participates in editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication.
  • Oversees and assures laboratory compliance with regulatory requirements and JHU standards, policies and procedures.
  • Oversee and train more junior technicians.


Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements: 

  • General computer skills, with experience with Microsoft Office.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • BS/BA, or equivalent, in Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Survey knowledge of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, microbiology or genetics.
  • Preferred: Masters in Biotechnology a plus.
  • Minimum one year of medical research experience
  • Additional education may substitute for experience.
  • Comparable laboratory experience may be substituted for educational requirement.


* 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 the 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. 


Licensure, Certification, Registration:

  • Requires one year experience to function at this level.
  • Advanced education may substitute for experience


Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:

  • Technologies employed in our projects include:
    • Multicolor flow cytometry
    • Basic molecular biology (PCR and quantitative PCR, DNA transfection with lipid reagents and electroporation, lentiviral transduction)
    • Cell biological assays of proliferation/apoptosis/differentiation/protein localization
    • Animal maintenance/care/tumor injections/measurements.
  • Under the supervision of the faculty investigator, the candidate should be able to design controlled experiments independently.
  • Candidate must be organized and familiar with aseptic technique.
  • Analytical skills: The candidate should be familiar with theory behind experiments and apply analytical skills to interpret experiments, including positive and negative controls.


Classified Title: Research Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $33,880 - $46,560 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 9am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus 

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Onc Hematologic Malignancies 
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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