Research Specialist (Baltimore, MD, United States, 21224)

The Johns Hopkins University
 Baltimore, MD

We are seeking a Research Specialist. The Research Specialist will utilize solid foundation in basic laboratory techniques and experience with techniques associated with molecular biology and immunology.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in planning studies and evaluating/interpreting test results utilizing knowledge of research laboratory procedures and practices involving modern molecular. immunology.
  • Responsible for the processing of blood samples from patients in various clinical research studies.
  • Responsible for the use of Open specimen, a biorepository inventory system.
  • Performs routine laboratory techniques using sterile technique.
  • Isolation and manipulation of human blood cells.
  • Multicolor flow cytometry analysis.
  • Computer based analysis of flow cytometry data.
  • Assays of cellular immune function.
  • Troubleshooting of technical and experimental issues.
  • Selects, develops, performs and evaluates research methods; operates appropriate equipment.
  • Uses sterile techniques to avoid contaminating lab experiments. Be knowledgeable of and employ good tissue culture techniques.
  • Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, electronic mail, internet searching, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or test reports.
  • Uses good practices for data record keeping and analysis.
  • Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.
  • Monitors inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Maintains equipment and ensures laboratory compliance for annual safety inspections.
  • Keeps current knowledge of vendors and suppliers of materials specific to the laboratory requirements. Interacts with company representatives and obtaining quotations.
  • Responsible for ordering lab supplies and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or related field
  • One (1) year of 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: 18 graduate degree credits (semester hours) 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 education/experience required for the respective job

Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques, coupled with a survey knowledge of biological sciences, chemistry, or physics.

Classified Title: Research Specialist

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA

Starting Salary Range: $16.61-$22.83 HRLY (Commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: M - F 10am - 6:30

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Location: ​​​​​​​Johns Hopkins Bayview

Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Bay Rheumatology

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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