Research Specialist II

Location
Maryland, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Jun 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Arts & Sciences, Psychological and Brain Sciences seeks aResearch Specialist IIto provide technical assistance in behavioral training of rats and molecular and histological analysis of rat brain tissue. Carries out behavioral testing of young and aged rats for various investigations regarding the impact of aging on cognition.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains animal colonies, strategizes breeding, and performs surgeries and basic histological techniques.
  • Designs experiments.
  • Performs experiments via collaborative projects with other labs.
  • Evaluates experimental results, identifies problems and proposes and implements plans for solutions.
  • Performs data analysis.
  • Determines course of action for research projects with regard to assessment, revision of objectives, or altering scientific direction.
  • Manages independent projects.
  • Uses specialized software applications to assemble, manipulate, and/or format data and reports.
  • Serves as liaison with various entities throughout the scientific community.
  • Contributes to data interpretation, manuscript preparation and publishing.
  • Provides on and off-site technical consultation and training to associate research scientists, post-doctoral fellows and laboratory staff members.
  • Trains and manages undergraduates, graduate students, and others rotating through the laboratory.
  • Operates and maintains the rat water mazes.
  • Independently identifies and resolves scientific and operational issues as needed.
  • Serves as emergency contact for the Center and back-up to the laboratory manager when required due to inclement weather or laboratory member absences.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related field biology, chemistry or related field. Two (2) years laboratory experience performing related techniques. 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 experience required for the respective job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, biology or neuroscience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with animals, utilizing spatial learning paradigms and general lab equipment.
  • Experience with HVS-Image tracking software, Med-PC or other similar behavioral testing/data collection programs.
  • Knowledge of dosing, preparation and delivery of centrally acting drugs.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;must be able to efficiently and proactively communicate with supervisors and coworkers.

Independent Decision Making: Ability to work highly independently, but also collaboratively with individuals within the laboratory as well as from other research groups.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Experience in using and maintaining automated behavioral testing equipment (Coulbourn, Med-Associates, etc.) and their related electronic/computer interfaces is desired.
  • Must be familiar with office and laboratory applications of Microsoft Office programs (especially Excel) and/or data analysis software (SAS, SPSS, SYSTAT, StatView).

Physical Requirements: No allergy to live animals (rodent). Sitting in normal seated position and standing for extended periods of time.Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to use a keyboard and mouse. Ability to see and hear within normal parameters. Ability to move some moderately-large equipment and boxes in a laboratory environment. Ability to move within the laboratory environment where space can be very tight.

Working Conditions: Weekend/evening work may be required based on experiments.

Classified Title: Research Specialist II
Role/Level/Range:ACRP/03/MB
Starting Salary Range:$38,920.00 - $53,520.00/Commensurate with experience
Employee Group:Full Time
Schedule:Monday - Friday/37.5 Hours; Weekend/evening work may be required based on experiments.
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location:Homewood Campus
Department Name:Psychological and Brain Sciences
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
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