Research Specialist II

Employer
Johns Hopkins University
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

The primary focus in the Perera laboratory is to study the role of circular and long noncoding RNAs in childhood cancer medulloblastomas in cell lines and in vivo mouse models. We are seeking a Research Specialist II. The individual in this role must have knowledge in the following areas: mouse breeding and colony management, tissue culture and basic molecular biology (PCR, Western blot, molecular cloning), general lab organization, and training and day-to-day oversight of lab assistants.

This position will report directly to the PI (Dr. Perera to oversee the day-to day preparation, design experiments and participate in writing peer-reviewed publications. The candidate will make significant contributions to various aspects of the research efforts.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performs sophisticated data analysis (RNA-sequencing data, metabolomics data, proteomics data and lipidomics data) by utilizing advanced third party software.
  • Develop and follow protocols for in vitro and in vivo assays, design experiments to investigate gene function in metabolism and oversee research projects, and provide oversight of trainees. Organize the weekly lab-meeting and coordinate with the PI. Help team building with other members in the lab. Will guide, direct and facilitate problem solving for entry-level lab members on day to day problems. Organize a regular journal club (monthly) and invite other groups in the program to participate.
  • Acts as a consultant to refine or adapt methodologies to fit research objectives. Collaborates in development of new technologies, protocols and uses of equipment.
  • Participates in generating publications, and may contribute original thoughts, hypotheses, and analysis to reports, abstracts, manuscripts, and grant proposals. May process analyzed data into figures for scientific publications.
  • Independently performs all experiments related to laboratory interests.
  • Enhance problem solving through interactions and discussions with collaborators or senior researchers at meetings and or professional presentations.
  • In conjunction with PI, makes decisions regarding research projects that require assessment, revision of objectives, or altering scientific direction; considers resources and lab priorities when making recommendations for changes to research projects.
  • Perform routine operational activities and day-to-day laboratory management, including but not limited to acquisition of supplies and equipment, inventory review, equipment maintenance to ensure the laboratory remains operational.
  • Responsible for ordering of supplies in SAP and reconciliation. Responsible for coordinating with PI on future capital equipment purchases including procuring quotes from vendors.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field, and a minimum of two years of experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.*
  • Experience supervising trainees and managing work projects of less-experienced laboratory personnel.

* 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 the 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.

** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD is preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge in molecular biology and cellular assays in addition to experience with in vivo dietary studies in laboratory mice.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

  • Must have hands on experience in the field of molecular biology and genetics.

Physical Requirements:

  • Employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for up to 40% of the time.
  • Employee is required to operate small laboratory tools that require manual dexterity.
  • Prolonged vision requirements include viewing 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).
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory).
  • 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 work space is limited.

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 assigned work area.
  • Working in 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.

Classified Title: Research Specialist II
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB
Starting Salary Range: $39,310 - $54,060 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: ​​​​​​​Florida
Department name: ​​​​​​​All Childrens
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 jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/ and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/.

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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
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https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf
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