Research Specialist

Maryland, United States
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Research Specialist 
Working Title: Research Specialist ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $15.97-$21.94
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 9am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 60000203-SOM DOM ID Hepatitis Center 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General Summary

Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, the Research Specialist will focus on performing both routine assays and experimental techniques in the study of viruses and the immune system in a research laboratory.  He/she will be expected to organize and present data to the faculty investigator. Additional responsibilities will include contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies. 

The research specialist will be responsible for independently managing multiple ongoing research projects simultaneously, analyzing data, generating figures to summarize the data, and presenting the data to a faculty investigator in a clear and concise way and in a timely manner. Given clear directives he/she is expected to have the ability to forward research endeavors quickly and efficiently will little supervision.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Rigorous documentation of experimental planning, experimental methods, and experimental results updated on a daily basis.
  • Follow established procedures and utilizes aseptic technique to perform experiments associated with viral immunology, serology and virology. Includes but not limited to:
  • Perform routine molecular biology assays to explore mechanisms influencing viral outcome and infectivity; nucleic acid extractions and purifications, gel electrophoresis, real-time PCR, sequencing.
  • Perform routine protein chemistry analysis and assays including immuno-precipitation, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence assays. Familiarity with flow cytometry and microscopy techniques would be helpful.
  • Perform routine cell culture and develop methods to manipulate cell lines and primary cells.
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, plate washer and/or utilize biological safety cabinet. This person may also utilize sophisticated instrumentation such as flow cytometer, spectrophotometer, luminometer, thermal cycler and light cyclers.
  • Responsible for operation of lab computers for data entry. Maintain accurate data records and laboratory notebook. Maintains and makes necessary adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
  • Along with the laboratory supervisor, works to develop and institute protocols for routine laboratory analyses. Maintains and improves training procedures and is responsible for training entry-level employees on relevant techniques.
  • Additional responsibilities related to the daily laboratory operations will be assigned as needed.


Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other related field, and a minimum of 1 year of experience in biology, chemistry, or related field required.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities

Basic techniques in virology, immunology, and molecular biology

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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