Senior Research Assistant

Maryland, United States
$18.53 - $25.47
15 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Senior Research Assistant 
Working Title: Senior Research Assistant ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $18.53 - $25.47
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: M-F 8-430 casual 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 720 Rutland Ave 
Department name: 10003082-SOM Ped Infectious Disease 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

Under direction of Principal Investigator and Research Data Analyst, designs and sets-up standard operating procedures, and oversees data collection. Analyzes data with oversight.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop data collection tools based on understanding of underlying study design.
  • Participates in developing standard operating procedures for one or more studies.
  • Oversees day-to-day activities of support staff on study. Train new staff at single and/or multi-clinic sites.
  • Involved in developing study budget.
  • Conducts literature searches to pull background material together and to see what else has been written.
  • Develops consent form(s) for clinical trials from protocol(s). Prepare materials for IRB.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in related discipline required. MPH or MS in relevant field preferred. Advanced education may substitute for some experience. Minimum of 3 years related clinical and/or research laboratory experience performing relevant or related techniques required. Advanced knowledge of good laboratory practices.  Individual must work independently under minimal supervision with strong decision making skills and good judgement.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, electronic mail and World Wide Web. Work requires precision and attention to detail. Individual should have strong written communication and interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to read and interpret direction, both oral and written, organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments. Must be able to work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory. Strong working knowledge of computers, skilled in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, file organization, and internet research.  Working knowledge of GCLP, CAP, CLIA regulations and CLSI procedure formats applicable to a clinical lab. 

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

  • Any specific physical requirements for the job: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 75% of the time.  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 work stations, 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).  In some areas work space is limited.

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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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