Research Specialist | Johns Hopkins University

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Research Specialist | Johns Hopkins University

General Summary/Purpose

Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, the Research Specialist will focus on performing both routine assays and experimental techniques in the study of hepatitis B virus and the immune system in a research laboratory.  He/she will be expected to organize and present data to the faculty investigator. Additional responsibilities will include contributing to the general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies.

The research specialist will be responsible for independently managing multiple ongoing research projects simultaneously, analyzing data, generating figures to summarize the data, and presenting the data to a faculty investigator in a clear and concise way and in a timely manner. Given clear directives, he/she is expected to have the ability to forward research endeavors quickly and efficiently will little supervision.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform routine molecular biology assays to explore mechanisms influencing viral outcome and infectivity; LCM (laser capture microdissection), nucleic acid extractions and purifications, gel electrophoresis, real-time PCR, droplet digital PCR, sequencing, etc.
  • Rigorous documentation of experimental planning, experimental methods, and experimental results updated on a daily basis. Responsible for the operation of lab computers for data entry. Maintain accurate data records and laboratory notebook.
  • Monitoring and maintaining a large inventory of human tissue specimens and nucleic acid samples. Requires excellent attention to detail and organizational skills. Maintains accurate data records.
  • Along with the laboratory supervisor, works to develop and institute protocols for routine laboratory analyses. Maintains and improves training procedures and is responsible for training entry-level employees on relevant techniques.
  • Operate basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, plate washer, and/or utilize biological safety cabinet. This person may also utilize sophisticated instrumentation such as flow cytometer, spectrophotometer, luminometer, thermal cycler, light cycler, droplet generator, LCM, etc.
  • Maintains and makes necessary adjustments to equipment, e.g. calibrating, alignment. Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures.
  • Monitors inventory levels, orders materials, and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures, counts orders upon receipt.
  • Additional responsibilities related to the daily laboratory operations will be assigned as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other related fields, and a minimum of 1 year of work experience in biology, chemistry, or related field required.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic techniques in virology, immunology, and molecular biology. Basic Microsoft Office experience helpful.

Any molecular assay experience (LCM, nucleic acid extraction/purification, gel electrophoresis, qPCR, ddPCR, sequencing, etc.) is a plus.

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 [email protected]. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work in.  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.

Research Specialist | Johns Hopkins University

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