Research Specialist II

Maryland, United States
$19.77-$27.18 commensurate with experience
10 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $19.77-$27.18 commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Full Time; 37.5 Hours/week 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General summary/purpose:

Coordinate the day to operations of the specimen management and Virology laboratories.  Work with a repository of frozen specimens for epidemiological studies.  Responsible for key aspects of clinical research projects and quality assurance for state and federal regulatory compliance requirements for a certified clinical lab. 

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Speciemen collection and phlebotomy are desired, must be willing to be trained
  • Specimen processing following multiple study procedures, must pay attention to details
  • Specimen repository duties such as sample retrieval from mechanical freezers or liquid nitrogen units, being able to work in extreme temperature units without jeopardizing the inegrity of the specimens
  • Shipping biological speciemnes following IATA guidelines
  • Assist in billing management using various databases
  • Assist with supply ordering and inventory
  • Assist with equipment service contracts and maintenance
  • Assist in quality control operations
  • Must achieve and maintain certification in study procedures per study protocol as a condition of employment
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as directed as well as montly conference calls with various study sites
  • Understanding and adherence to compliance and confidentiality policies and procedures
  • Understanding and adhering to CLIA guidelines in regards to immunological testing and reporting

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field.+ 2 years 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.
  • Knowledge of epidemiology, immunology, virology and serology required.
  • Extensive experience in DNA and RNA required.

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.

Preferred qualifications:

Master's degree in a biomedical science is preferred.

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