Job Req ID:  110656

Sr. Laboratory Coordinator

The Johns Hopkins University Department of Biomedical Engineering is seeking a highly motivated and independent individual to provide operational oversight to the department’s Design Studio (DS) and associated laboratories/spaces to include Clark Hall, Design Studios, machine shop, biological labs, and wet labs, as a Senior Laboratory Coordinator.

The position will work closely with the DS Manager to maintain a state-of–the–art design facility and lab spaces, assisting in the mentoring of student design teams in the development of prototypes, working closely with faculty and staff regarding BME courses, events, meetings, and workshops, as well as providing additional technical knowledge regarding a wide variety of manufacturing processes and techniques.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overall operational elements of the Design Studio(DS).
  • Oversee specifications, design, implementation, and modification of projects related to the DS.
  • Manage the use of space and equipment.
  • Develop procedures, schedules and checklists for efficient and safe use of equipment.
  • Set-up and maintain equipment in DS spaces for course use to include operation, trouble shooting, and preventative maintenance of DS equipment.
  • Oversight of building including maintenance including and/or repair of facilities within Clark Hall; managing the building access permissions; and operation, troubleshooting, and preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment related to this specialty.
  • Conduct annual Laboratory safety inspections to comply with the JHU Health, Safety and Environment guidelines.
  • Responsible for compliance and audit preparation of assigned laboratory area for IRB, ACUC, CLIA, CAP, The Joint Commission, and/or other regulatory reviews. Coordinates and maintains all regulatory binders, logs and audits.
  • Ordering of supplies and acquisition of equipment and procurement of service contracts.
  • Responsible for monitoring the adherence to JHU and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Provide technical prototyping, testing and associated training to support student design projects. Specifically training students on DS equipment and utilization of resources.
  • Work includes assisting DS Manager and faculty with development of workshops for prototyping and testing modalities.
  • Activities include will require proficiency in design software such as Solidworks, Corel Draw, VCarve, etc.
  • Assist in training students in lab and shop safety.
  • Work with faculty to set up and take down biological-based lab experiments, including mammalian cell culture and bacterial cell culture.
  • Responsible for the efficient utilization of assigned resources and for planning future research and development, equipment and space.
  • Develops capital and operating budget requirements designed to meet current and future needs of the laboratories.
  • Collaborates with BME financial staff in the review, purchasing, and tracking of expenditure activity for design team accounts.
  • Purchase general materials and supplies for the DS, instructional labs, and associated spaces.
  • Maintain tool and material inventory in the DS and associated spaces.
  • Assist DS Manager with student workers including recommendations for hiring, terminating and performance. Approximately 6 part-time students per year.

Work Environment While performing the duties of this job

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for extended periods.
  • 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 workstations, 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 discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.
  • Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols.
  • 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 (EX: paper supply box, laboratory equipment, animal feed).
  • 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.
  • 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).

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • Three years related experience.
  • Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Hands-on prototyping, testing, and design experience is required. Knowledge of wet/biological laboratory setup, protocols and management highly desirable.
  • Those with experience in any of the following are encouraged to apply.
  • Machine shop (i.e., operation of mills, lathes, cnc machinery, wood working tools, etc.).
  • Rapid prototyping (3d printing, i.e., FDM and Material jetting printers).
  • Engineering design/process.
  • Electronics, circuitry, microprocessors, mechatronics/robotics.
  • Biological/wet laboratory management


  • Creative thinking, independent judgment, and critical analysis necessary for implementation of new equipment and procedures.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative to meet competing deadlines and manage multiple activities independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff.
  • Ability to develop instructional display materials, and to assist in the production of AV aids for teaching laboratories.
  • Knowledge of scheduling software such as Google Calendar, Outlook, etc.
  • Knowledge of Google Docs, Sheets, Drive.

Physical requirements for the job

  • The candidate must be able to lift 50lbs and move heavy items around with relative frequency.
  • Candidate must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Candidate must feel comfortable working with diverse body of students, staff and faculty.\



Classified Title: Sr. Laboratory Coordinator 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB  
Starting Salary Range: Min $40,900 - Max $71,600 Annually ($71,600 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Department of Biomedical Engineering  
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering 


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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.

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