Research Specialist

Maryland, United States
$15.65 - $21.51
26 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Research Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $15.65 - $21.51
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8 to 4:30 pm 
Employee subgroup: Salaried Non-exmt 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003033-SOM Oto Head and Neck Surgery 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General Summary

A laboratory in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology is seeking an experienced Research Specialist.  The Research Specialist will work under the general supervision of a faculty investigator. Participation in research conferences and the opportunity to perform own experiments within the context of laboratory projects are encouraged. There is the potential for an independent project, as well as for authorship, and the lab has a history of including students and laboratory staff on abstracts and publications.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Independently perform biochemical and molecular assays on cultures, and troubleshoot cultures using scientific knowledge and research experience.
  • Run lab tests and complete measurements on assigned projects.
  • Prepare and maintain tissue cultures, as well as, cell lines (includes monitoring incubators, biological hoods, etc.).
  • Identify and resolve problems involved in research assays.
  • Collaborate with, and understand the role of, senior lab members and accept constructive guidance.
  • Apply problem solving skills based on an understanding of the research and experience, and progressively develop skill base and knowledge of lab research and relevant assays.
  • Train users in standard equipment operation and routine lab techniques and procedures.
  • Set-up experiments based on defined standards.
  • Participate in research laboratory meetings.
  • Contribute to and assist in preparation of manuscripts and abstracts.
  • Train and mentor students.
  • Collect project data.
  • Sustain an orderly laboratory workspace; perform related laboratory maintenance, monitor inventory of supplies, clean equipment, and place lab orders.


Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field.  One year in a comparable laboratory 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.

Preferred qualification

Experience in immunology lab skills (i.e. flow cytometry)

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