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Johns Hopkins University
  • Position Number: 2089775
  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Position Type: Science - Chemistry

Research Specialist

General Summary/Purpose:

The Research Specialist is to be a proficient research and/or clinical laboratory specialist who has a firm understanding of techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from some professional experience.

The Research Specialist will place an emphasis on coordination of research sample receipt, shipping, and storage, and have a firm understanding of laboratory information systems and clinical laboratory sciences. Under minimal supervision of the Laboratory Manager or Medical Director or Principal Investigator, they will perform a variety of both routine and complex clinical and/or research laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. They will be responsible for running lab tests, completes measurements as assigned, identify and resolve common problems, and uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects. The Research Specialist will also be expected to understand the role of senior lab members and accepts constructive guidance, set-up experiments based on defined standards, collect and maintain project data, and provide technical support to other research technologists and research specialists. Specific duties may vary according to rotation assigned.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Performs a variety of both routine and complex clinical and/or research laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures. Prepares and determines the suitability of solutions, reagents, and stains, following defined formulas and procedures.
  • Reports and records the outcomes/results of all tests.
  • Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication. Regular interaction with students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and other clinical fellows.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, routine repairs or notifying service personnel when more complex problems occur. Performs related duties
  • May be responsible for routine operational activities such as; ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc.
  • Performs preventative maintenance of equipment.
  • Coordinates research activities with some supervisory responsibilities as designated by the Principal Investigator.
  • Performs miscellaneous related duties such as general lab housekeeping and maintaining safety records.

Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field.
  • 1 year related clinical and/or research laboratory experience performing relevant or related techniques.
  • Knowledge of good lab practices.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 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. 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.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Able to work independently, under minimal supervision.
  • Must have strong decision-making skills, and be able to exercise good judgment.
  • Requires precision and attention to detail.
  • Strong written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Read and interpret verbal and written directions.
  • Organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments.
  • Work successfully as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.

Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements:
  • Computer experience including MS Office, Database, and email. Laboratory equipment or tools including but not limited to: HPLC, mass spectrometer, centrifuge, dried blood spot auto sampler (DBSA), ambient ionization mass spectrometer sources (e.g. Paper Spray, DESI, Flow Probe).

Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 20% of the time. Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus. The employee is required to operate a computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens and loading equipment.
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing a computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope).
  • Laboratory environment - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas. Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to the assigned work area. Working in a laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment. Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols. Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the Rangos laboratory or to other East Baltimore campus buildings). May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas workspace is limited.
  • Staff may be required to complete an annual competency review and must ensure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.

Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shifts. Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).

Classified Title: Research Specialist
Working Title: Research Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA
Starting Salary Range: $16.13-$22.16 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F 8:30a-5:00p
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus
Department name: 10003048-SOM Pat Clinical Chemistry
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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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