Laboratory Coordinator

Maryland, United States
$16.10 - $22.12
29 May 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

General summary/purpose:

The Laboratory Coordinator is in charge of overseeing daily sample extractions, quantitative PCR and digital droplet PCR runs, data analysis, maintenance of PCR robots and inventory of related reagents. The Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for the organization of all PCR related reagents and all study data.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Maintains detailed working knowledge of all assigned protocols as they relate to sample preparation and PCR applications.
  • Maintains electronic or hard copy binder for all samples assessed in each study and accurate data records.
  • Maintains quality control records.
  • Reports to the PIs and consults with the Laboratory managers.
  • Inventory management: monitors supply inventory levels, orders materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, documents orders upon receipt.
  • Initiates the process for equipment repair when needed.
  • Demonstrates highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Informs the PI in a timely manner when difficult problems, unusual development or activities occur.
  • Demonstrates the ability to relate well and work well with all levels of staff.
  • Demonstrates the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines
  • Participates in the development and implementation of lab goals and objectives.
  • Participates in problem-solving process based in comprehensive analysis of situations while demonstrating the use of a logical, reasoned, factual and systematic approach.
  • Recognizes limitations and seeks help from appropriate resources when needed.
  • Maintain and make minor adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment.
  • Uses various software applications to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or reports.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

High School Diploma/GED and some college coursework in the Biological Sciences required, plus one year of related laboratory experience required. 


  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Course work in sciences / health care preferred.
  • quantitative PCR experience preferred but not essential. Digital droplet PCR experience not required.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, good organizational and time management skills, and work independently with minimal supervision.

Any specific physical requirements for the job:

  • Work produced is subject to precise measures of quantity and quality
  • Near vision to see objects clearly within 20 inches
  • Sharp focus to adjust vision when doing close work that changes in distance from eyes
  • Full spectrum vision to identify and distinguish color
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Handling by seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with the hand or hands, but without finger dexterity
  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 10 lbs. or less
  • Occasionally pushing, pulling objects weighing 30 lbs. or less
  • Ability to move about

Classified Title: Laboratory Coordinator 
Working Title: Laboratory Coordinator  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 - $22.12
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10002778-SOM Comp Med Retrovirus Bio Laboratory 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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

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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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