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Job Req ID:  102897

Sr. Research Specialist

We are seeking a Sr. Research Specialist to work as part of a laboratory research team conducting studies focused on Viral Hepatitis. The Sr. Research Specialist should have an understanding of and demonstrated expertise in techniques involved in translational biomedical research and in vitro models of disease. The individual will rely on specialized knowledge and experience to work directly with the PI to design, implement and manage the laboratory research program. Interactions include coordinating studies with other research personnel, training and supervision of technicians and/or students, consultation with outside experts, ordering both routine and custom items, purchasing from vendors, and “hands-on” wet bench work. There will be emphasis placed on the administrative duties in running a lab, which will constitute approximately 75% or more of the position. The individual will be responsible for developing protocols for PI approval, conduct of the experiments, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results. The individual will be responsible for drafting relevant sections of manuscripts for publication. The individual will also be responsible for contributing to building and maintaining human participant research databases and repositories and will be responsible for executing queries for the same.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Lab Administration 75%

  • Interact with faculty, lab and administrative staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and outside vendors to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the laboratory.
  • Design, implement, and manage multiple research programs in concert with a group of 10 PIs.
  • Assist with the drafting of study reports and relevant sections of manuscripts and grant applications for PI approval.
  • Maintain compliance with university regulations related to biohazard safety, radiation safety, HIPAA regulations, etc.
  • Develop and maintain databases for human participants research.
  • Develop and maintain repositories of specimens for human participants research.
  • Monitor inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies.
  • Order lab supplies and coordinate with divisional administrative staff as it relates to payments and grant balances.

Laboratory or Bench Research 25%

  • Collect, organize, and analyze experimental data for presentation and publication.
  • Train and supervise new employees, fellows, and students in laboratory techniques.
  • Meet on a regular basis with PIs and selected staff to review recent data, troubleshoot current experiments, review new experimental protocols and prioritize new experiments.
  • Demonstrate industry, organization, curiosity, problem solving, resourcefulness, and flexibility.
  • Coordinate, supervise and actively participate in in vitro research to study the pathogenesis of acute and chronic viral diseases. The ideal candidate will be familiar with a variety of techniques including but not limited to cell culture models of infection, ELISAs, PCR, and basic molecular biology techniques. Training will be provided if needed Handle bio-hazardous material under Biosafety Level 2 and Biosafety Level 3 conditions without supervision.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledgeable in Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • Four years' experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques.
  • Master's Degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.



Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist  
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC  
Starting Salary Range:$46,560 - $64,100/Annually (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Infectious Disease 
Personnel area: School of Medicine 


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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