Research Specialist II

General summary/purpose:

The Tumor Microenvironment Core (TME) is seeking an experienced and motivated candidate to lead/aid multispectral immunofluorescence (mIF) projects and panel designs. The TME works with oncology researchers across JHU to perform mIF which aids in the understanding of the tumor immune microenvironment, with the goal of identifying tissue-based biomarkers for identifying appropriate treatment regimens for immunotherapy treatment of cancer patients.

The candidate will develop, conduct and evaluate scientific research in a laboratory environment with an emphasis on characterizing pathology slides. Will have a working understanding of the context and implications of the research in order to apply and interpret theoretical knowledge necessary to conduct research. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: project planning, experimental design and evaluation, slide scanning, developing methodology, conducting procedures, modifying procedures as needed, data collection and analysis, preparing reports, and communication and instruction. Work may include the training and supervision of staff, students, and others in performing specific techniques or phases of experiments.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Analyzes and interprets experimental results and contributes to subsequent experimental designs. The design process may be in collaboration with the PI, laboratory manager or completed independently.
  • Identifies problems, troubleshoots and analyzes variations observed and reported in regular testing protocols; modifies, refines or adapts techniques and procedures; modifies and/or adjusts quality control measures.
  • Coordinates and/or conducts multiple, concurrent assignments or a multi-faceted project.
  • Compiles, analyzes, and interprets research data using various computer software applications.
  • Monitors documentation of results; reviews and recognizes documentation, which may lead to modification and adaptation of research methodologies; may collaborate with others. Adapts and/or modifies experimental methods based upon interpretation of data.
  • Conducts literature searches and participates in editing and preparing manuscripts, scientific illustrations and computer graphics for publication.
  • Oversees and assures laboratory compliance with regulatory requirements and JHU standards, policies and procedures.
  • Works with research staff to prioritize and schedule projects.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • B.S. degree in biology, chemistry or relatedfield
  • Two (2)years laboratory experience performing relevanttechniques. 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. 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:

M.S. degree in biology, chemistry or related field

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    A senior, experienced technician is required to assist in assay development for the Tumor Microenvironment Core. This may include analysis of immunohistochemistry, multispectral immunofluorescence, and in situ hybridization assays, among other techniques. Under the supervision of the faculty investigator, the candidate should be able to perform data analysis independently. The individual will be responsible for oversight and training of more junior technicians and will participate in specimen analysis and QA/QC of established laboratory assays with the supervision of the laboratory manager. Candidate must be organized and familiar with data management. Analytical skills: The candidate should be familiar with theory behind experiments and apply analytical skills to interpret experiments, including positive and negative controls.

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

  • Vectra 3.0, Vectra Polaris, Hamamatsu NanoZoomer XT
  • Operates lab computers for data entry.
  • Performs and develops scripts for data analysis.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, R, Matlab, and database software is preferred.

Classified Title:Research Specialist II
Working Title: Research Specialist II
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB
Starting Salary Range:$38,920 - $53,520; commensurate with experience.
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 8:30-5
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus
Department name: 10002827-SOM Der Derm Path and Oral Pathologylogy
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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EEO is the Law
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