Research Specialist

Maryland, United States
$33,213 - $45,637
14 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: [[$33,213 - $45,637]]
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 - 5:00 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: [[600 N. Wolfe St. Meyer B-154]] 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


Proficient research laboratory specialist with emphasis on coordination of research sample receipt, shipping, and storage with a firm understanding of laboratory information systems and clinical laboratory sciences gained from experience.  Under minimal supervision of the Laboratory Manager or Medical Director or Principal Investigator, performs a variety of both routine and complex clinical and/or research laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. Runs lab tests and completes measurements as assigned. Identifies and resolves common problems and uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects. Understands the role of senior lab members and accepts constructive guidance. Sets-up experiments based on defined standards. Collects and maintains project data. Specific duties may vary according to rotation assigned.


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Performs a variety of both routine and complex clinical and/or research laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. Prepares and determines suitability of solutions, reagents and stains, following defined formulas and procedures.

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Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication.  Regular interaction with students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and other clinical fellows.

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Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur. Performs related general duties such as ordering supplies, general lab housekeeping, and maintaining safety records.

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Coordination with research contacts to facilitate exchange of sample materials, data and project updates.  Reports and records outcomes/results of all tests to research contacts and lab supervisor and director.

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Assures that testing is handled in the appropriate manner and follows QA documentation to ensure data integrity across all research activities.  May be required to train other lab personnel.

Equipment, Machine , or Tool Requirements: 

Computer experience including MS Office, database, and email.  Telephone and Fax.  Experience with laboratory tools and equipment including HPLC, mass spectrometer and centrifuge.



Bachelor’s degree in related field (Clinical Laboratory Science, Biology, Chemistry, etc). Master’s degree preferred.


Minimum of 1 year related clinical and/or research experience performing relevant or related techniques is required. One or more years of work experience in a laboratory environment.  Some HPLC or mass spectrometry laboratory experience is preferred.  Knowledge of good lab practices required.  

Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies: 

Individual will work independently, under minimal supervision.  Must have strong decision making skills, ability to prioritize and exercise good judgement.

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.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 70% 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. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.
  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift.  Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment.  (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).

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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