Sr. Research Specialist

Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Oct 23, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
General Summary/Purpose:

The Sr. Research Specialist will investigate intrinsic and extrinsic insulin secretion regulation and islet function and health. As part of the study team, they will collaborate with the Principal Investigator (PI) to design and develop protocols and to oversee study-related activities on several projects. With limited supervision by the PI, they will design and perform laboratory experiments on independent projects. Responsible for developing and organizing data reports and writing scientific papers resulting from the research projects. Provide day-to-day supervision and train junior postdoctoral fellows, technicians and students on the techniques and skills needed in the lab. Collaborate with the PI in overseeing the administrative and scientific implementation of the research protocols for complex beta-cell functional studies. With appropriate direction by the PI, the candidate will maintain, process and circulate laboratory protocols among the program members. In addition, the team member will help the PI write ACUC and IRB protocols and amendments related to using mice and obtaining human islet tissues for basic research projects on islet function and health.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in laboratory research on a comprehensive islet function program and develop and design research protocols to investigate molecular mechanisms of islet function and pursue resulting follow-up studies.
  • With limited guidance by the principal investigator design and perform laboratory experiments for specific islet research projects in the lab
  • Use special skills and expertise to examine metabolic phenotypes in genetic mouse models
  • Use a variety of laboratory tools, such as viral transduction, FACS, Western blotting, PCR, and others into human beta-cell function.
  • Organize, analyze and summarize the research data to prepare laboratory and scientific meeting reports on islet and diabetes research.
  • Present data at meetings.
  • Write/draft scientific manuscripts for publications
  • Participate as a member of collaborative team in study design and development of islet function and health research.
  • Help train and supervise junior postdoctoral fellows and students with the above skills and expertise
  • Suggest ideas for new research projects.
  • Conduct training sessions for junior personnel and students on the program.
  • Train research staff on job functions and performs quality assurance reviews for the scientific data. Maintain detailed working knowledge of protocols Design spreadsheets and databases for tracking and management of research data Perform statistical analyses on research data Perform literature searches for presentations, and publications
    Ensure accuracy and timeliness of data collection. Interacts regularly with members of the research team regarding the status and progress of ongoing studies.
  • Data entry and management using database and other computer software
  • Meet regularly with the PI to discuss study progress. Attends all mandatory research team meetings.
  • Prepare reports as required by the principal investigators and senior scientists on the program.
  • Highly experienced and knowledgeable and complies with all standard laboratory research protocols, regulations, and policies; may instruct introductory level research personnel in these guidelines and policies.

Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

    A bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other closely related field required At least four years of experience and expertise directly and specifically in metabolic or diabetes research as evidenced by scientific publications. Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula***.

Preferred Qualifications:

    A master’s degree in biology (e.g. Molecular Biology, Molecular Bioengineering or Genetics).

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Able to perform scientific research through conducing laboratory experiments using a variety of techniques, such as cell culture, immunolabeling, microscopy, RNA and DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, Western blotting, animal procedures, FACS preparation, and others. Proficiency in the use of software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing required. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and time management skills required. Actual strong research experience is required. Able to manage multiple and competing priorities. Have excellent communication skills.

Any Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:

    Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm; for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal ranges. Ability to move about.

Supervisory Responsibility:

    Supervises junior personnel (typically 4-5 fresh or junior trainees—e.g., students, entry level technicians, and junior postdoctoral fellows) to provide them technical assistance and operational advice on research. Trains these personnel in performing experimental performance, data collection and data entry as well as provides resource support to other personnel who need to troubleshoot. Helps interview and hire personnel involved in the research program.

***JHU Equivalency Formula: 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.

Classified Title:Sr. Research Specialist
Working Title: Sr. Research Specialist ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC
Starting Salary Range:$45,195-$62,225 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview
Department name: 10002789-SOM DOM Bay Endocrinology
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 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.

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

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