Research Specialist

Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Aug 06, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

General Summary/Purpose:

The research specialist willwork independently and make judgements using prior lab experience and scientific knowledge. Work includes interpreting and evaluating results, troubleshooting, independent decisions and training/guidance of undergraduate and graduate students. In general, the candidate will be responsible for helping to manage day-to-day lab operations and will participate in research projects by other laboratory members, including, post-doctoral fellows, laboratory technicians, undergraduate, and graduate working in the laboratory. The research specialist will also be responsible for their ownexperiments studying the mechanism of mRNA enrichment toDrosophilagerm granules.

Note:This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

The Research Specialist will investigate the cellular and molecular processes that lead to mRNA enrichment in the embryo. The primary duties and responsibilities of the employee will include: carrying out an independent research project using imaging and genetic approaches to generate mutations that affect mRNA enrichment, training undergraduate and graduate students in usingDrosophilaas a model organism, training students to perform fly assays and molecular biology experiments for their research projects, assisting students with imaging and analyzing data, fully maintaining the wet lab space, as well as the following for the Drosophila and tissue culture research: maintaining lab databases of reagents (strains, plasmids, antibodies etc.), managing supplies, maintain fly stocks, interfaces with vendors, ordering consumables and equipment, maintaining records, and upholding safety regulations.

Independent Research:

  • The specialist will conduct his/her own research project and also assist/train other members of the lab in their research projects.
  • Goals will be to eventually publish research from projects independently conceived and executed.

Lab Management Duties:

  • Supervising rotating graduate students and undergraduates in fly research projects
  • Training graduate and undergraduate students in usingDrosophilaas a model organism, fly assays and molecular biology experiments
  • Training students to use microscopes and computers for data acquisition and analysis
  • Applies published research methods to current experimental work by investigating published protocols and discussing them with PI. This role will also apply research methods developed in-house.
  • Managing supplies, interfacing with vendors, ordering consumables and equipment, maintaining records, and upholding safety regulations forDrosophilaresearch
  • Maintaining and organizing lab strains, bacterial clones, flies and other common lab reagent collections
  • Trains new lab technicians and specialists

Machines and/or equipment used on the job:

  • Materials, machines and/or equipment used on the job includeE. coliliquid culture, tissue culture, autoclaves, thermocyclers, balances, pH meters, centrifuges, electrophoresis system, fly pushing stations equipped with CO2 tanks, dissecting microscopes, compound microscopes and epifluorescence microscopes.
  • This position regularly interacts with vendors for price inquiries and negotiations; has independent responsibility regarding supplies and equipment, with a limited budget cap.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
  • One year 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Biology or similar.
  • Previous experience with and strong understanding of molecular biology, biochemistry, and microscopy and fly genetics is strongly preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills are required.
  • Record keeping & computer skills are very important.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • The specialist should be competent in Excel, Powerpoint (or Keynote), Word, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Classified Title:Research Specialist
Working Title: Research Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA
Starting Salary Range:$33,545 - $46,095 per year
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am -5:00 pm
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus
Department name: 10001352-Biology
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences

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 atjhurecruitment@jhu.edu. 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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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 jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.

EEO is the Law
Learn more:
https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf
Important legal information
http://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm

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