Research Specialist

Maryland, United States
$33,214 - $45,637
22 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Req ID:  15030

Research Specialist

The ideal candidate for the Research Specialist position is proficient research and/or clinical laboratory specialist with a firm understanding of techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from some professional experience.

Under minimal supervision, performs clinical and/or research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols.  Participates in the design of experiments and analyzes data. Works independently and manages daily research projects. The research specialist will assist the principal investigator in the development and coordination of projects, experimentation, data collection/maintenance, and organization of the laboratory. Runs lab tests and completes measurements as assigned. Identifies and resolves problems and uses analytical and decision making skills to implement assigned projects.


% of Time Duties


  • Performs clinical and/or research lab tests and experiments.  Plans and runs set of experiments after discussion with investigator. Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate technique to develop, perform and analyze laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include making protocol modification within the parameters set by investigator.


  • Utilize specialized knowledge to interpret results, e.g. ready controls, evaluating results. Works independently to evaluate whether component parts of experiments are working as they should.
  • May teach/train students, and new technicians in the lab. May facilitate problem solving for entry-level lab members on day-to-day problems with more challenging research assays. 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.


  • May be responsible for routine operational activities such as; ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc.  Preventative maintenance of equipment.
  • May participate in protocol development, efficiency, and productivity. Assists in development of new techniques and instruments.

Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies: 

Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing).   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 or on campus (specify)).  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).


Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field and one year laboratory experience performing relevant techniques required. 

Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. Knowledge of good lab practices required.  Individual must be able to work independently, under minimal supervision with strong decision making skills and good judgment.

JHU Equivalency Formula:  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.


Master’s degree desired.

Classified Title: Research Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA
Salary:  $33,214 - $45,637
Status:  Full-Time
Department name: 10003053-SOM Pat Immunology 
Work Schedule/Hours: M-F 8:30 - 5:00 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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