Research Specialist

Maryland, United States
$38,536 - $52,989
29 May 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University is seeking a highly motivated Research Specialist to join our NIH-funded pediatric surgery research group. This basic and translational research laboratory focuses on the regeneration of fetal organs (lung, esophagus, spinal cord) that have been injured prior to birth.

Under minimal supervision, the Research Specialist will independently perform laboratory experiments based on established procedures and protocols, including cell reprogramming towards pluripotency, in vitro modeling, animal surgeries, immunohistochemistry, and confocal microscopy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans approach to experiments based on knowledge of scientific theory regarding fetal organ development and injury
  • Independently performs day-to-day lab experiments by following established procedures and protocols and utilizing appropriate technique
  • Maintains accurate data records and laboratory notebook.
  • Maintains and makes necessary adjustments to equipment, e.g., calibrating, alignment
  • May be responsible for routine operational activities such as ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, maintenance of human and animal welfare protocols
  • Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures
  • Maintains and improves training procedures and is responsible for training entry-level employees on relevant techniques
  • Additional responsibilities may include instructing/assisting students and postdocs contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies
  • Contribute to manuscript development, drafting, and submission, resulting in co-authorship on presentations and written documents
  • Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field required plus two years laboratory experience performing relevant techniques. Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. 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. *

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Relevant techniques include histology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, PCR, rodent surgery, induced pluripotent stem cell culture
  • Willingness to learn new techniques
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work
  • Comfortable with handling small animals
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, take initiative in defining and executing tasks, exhibit flexibility to respond to casual requests, exercise good judgement

Classified Title: Research Specialist II 
Working Title: Research Specialist II  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB 
Starting Salary Range: $38,536 - $52,989
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 1800 Orleans Street Suite 7353 
Department name: 10003189-SOM Sur Pediatric Surgery 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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