Pharmacy Research Assistant

Maryland, United States
$13.73 - $18.87
27 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $13.73 - $18.87
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: varies - on call 
Exempt Status: S1 Hrly Non-Exmpt 
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10003297-SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General summary/purpose:

To list the responsibilities and minimum qualifications for employment of a Pharmacy Research Assistant. Works under the direction of a registered pharmacist and acts as an assistant to the pharmacist with minimal guidance and instructions while performing a full range of technical support and research functions.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Will perform a full range of complex technical functions under the pharmacist’s supervision with minimal supervision, including:
  • Preparation of medications required for the treatment as well as research medications for various research protocols.
  • Responsible for the preparation, distribution, and accountability of drugs utilized in human experimental research; as well as recording, receiving, and storing all pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Determining bulk compounds needed. Packaging and labeling all products compounded for treatment and research purposed per COMAR.
  • Compounding (including bulk compounding) and calculating the correct amount of any and all drugs needed.
  • Calculating and converting to proper weights and measuring the amount of solution and drugs to be used, taking into account concentration, overfill for slight losses during mixture, and number of doses contained in the solution.
  • Recognizing atypical occurrences when compounding, e.g. changes in color, consistency, etc. and reporting problems to the pharmacist immediately.
  • Operates equipment safely, effectively and in compliance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Coordinates routine maintenance on equipment as indicated by manufacturer’s recommendations and policy.
  • Assists in The Joint Commission or other regulatory surveys.
  • Will assist the pharmacist in Quality Assurance activities.
  • Assists in collection and interpretation of quality assurance information under the direction of the pharmacist.
  • Assists in the identification of quality improvement initiatives under the direction of the pharmacist.
  • Carries out quality assurance (QA) activities, as required by the pharmacist and in compliance with COMAR, to insure the safe and accurate preparation of treatment and research medications.
  • Will complete all required documentation and presents documentation according to established guidelines and time frames.
  • Completes all record-keeping requirements for treatment and research medications as required by federal, state, and local laws, as well as, those defined in study specific protocols.
  • Maintains and ensures all documentation required by The Joint Commission is complete.
  • Package and label all products compounded for treatment and research purposes appropriately.
  • Orders all supplies for the pharmacy and maintains documentation of such.
  • Will adhere to safety procedures.
    • Assures strict adherence to aseptic techniques for use of clean air hoods and all other special equipment.
    • Assists the pharmacist in maintaining the pharmacy area in compliance with a clean environment for the preparation of all medications.
    • Attends training as required for safety.
  • Will know, understand, and abide by the Johns Hopkins University and BPRU Policies and
  • Will know, understand, and abide by all regulatory standards (i.e., The Joint Commission, HIPAA, State and Federal Regulations).
    • Assists the pharmacist in maintaining the pharmacy area in compliance with all legal requirements.
  • Will seek policy/procedure clarification as needed with supervisor.
  • Will assist the pharmacist in the development and implementation of new policies and procedures as required
  • Will treat customers with courtesy, respect and caring behaviors.
  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills with all customers.
  • Responds quickly and appropriately to customer requests.
  • Consistently demonstrates in-depth knowledge of departmental issues and practices in dealing with customer‘s problems.
  • Anticipates customer needs and initiates action to meet those needs.
  • Will identify areas of development and seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.
    • Demonstrates initiative and is self-accountable.
    • Fulfills annual continuing education and competency requirements.
    • Effectively coordinates and completes multiple assignments.
  • Will maintain education record.
  • Will work cooperatively within own department and with other departments/units.
  • Demonstrates good interpersonal skills.
  • Attends staff meetings on a regular basis.
    • Exchanges appropriate and professional information with peers and staff.
    • Recognizes and supports the skills of others.
  • Willingly accepts additional responsibility.
    • Provides timely feedback to the appropriate customer in a clear and concise manner.
    • Communicates relevant research participant changes to appropriate staff.
    • Deals with professional staff as necessary, answering questions concerning availability of drugs, dosages, etc.
  • Will use professional judgment in providing information based on specific situations and is
    • Sensitive to individual and organizational concerns.
    • Consistently serves as a credible representative of the department.
    • Follows appropriate channels and keeps appropriate staff informed of relevant issues and events.
    • Consistently ensures that information known about a customer is kept confidential.
  • Will coordinate routine maintenance on equipment as indicated by manufacturers recommendations and policy.
  • Assists in coordination of repair of faulty equipment.
  • Assists in scheduling of routine preventive maintenance of equipment.
  • Other duties as job dictates.
  • Will demonstrate ownership and accountability.
    • Utilizes resources in a cost efficient manner.
    • Identifies ways to improve efficiency and outcomes of work standards.
    • Contributes to the safety and security of the unit environment through personal actions.
    • Is responsible for maintaining a data inventory system to make ready retrieval and purchase of needed supplies.
    • Other duties as job dictates.

Minimum qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED required. Six (6) months pharmacy related work experience.

JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 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.

Preferred qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences preferred.

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

Pharmacy Technician Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Board required.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Must be registered with the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy.
  • Knowledge of strengths or dose, dosage forms, physical appearance, routes of administration and duration of drug therapy, such as extemporaneous compounding, pharmaceutical calculations.
  • Ability to use computer and appropriate software such as Excel, FileMaker, Word.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local regulation pertaining to the preparation and delivery of both treatment and research medications.
  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail regardless of sudden deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Six months pharmacy related work experience required. Additional education may substitute for experience.

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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