Research Specialist

Updated: about 2 hours ago
Location: Maryland Line, MARYLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Classified Title: Research Specialist
Working Title: Research Specialist ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA 
Starting Salary Range: $15.97 - $21.81
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30-5 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 60002528-BiolChem Fac/Staff 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General Summary:

A research specialist position in neuronal plasticity studying molecular mechanisms that govern gene expression in normal brain cell function and which are dysregulated in settings of disease, such as autism and neuropathic pain. 

Under the general supervision of a faculty investigator or laboratory supervisor, a highly motivated individual is responsible for conducting experiments to advance scientific knowledge, and contributing to the general maintenance of the laboratory including routine laboratory duties and mouse colony management.

The Research Specialist will likely serve as the lead bench scientist on one or more projects at a time, while also performing other tasks that are related to other ongoing projects in the lab or on tasks that are for the overall benefit of the lab and its members.  In their efforts, they will be expected to make significant contributions to research efforts which may include troubleshooting, exercising independent judgement while participating in the planning of experiments, and the training/guidance of other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis.  Additionally, this will require that they will stay up to date on relevant published research to incorporate recent findings into the development of their research.  The Research Specialist will be expected to present research findings and data at regularly occurring lab meetings. They may also be asked to participate in the creation of manuscripts through help writing and/or compiling data and figure panels for peer-review.

Work requires basic use of scientific methods, procedures and techniques gained through previous training and experience, including specific areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and preferably neuroscience. Uses basic understanding of theory behind experiments and applies basic analytical skills to implement assigned projects, and to identify and trouble-shoot situations needing special attention. Exercises basic computer skills and learns and applies task-specific software necessary to perform laboratory functions.  Communicates and cooperates effectively with the faculty investigator and with other laboratory personnel, to facilitate the research efforts of the laboratory and maintain a collegial and collaborative workplace.  Communicates effectively and professionally with vendors, administrative personnel, and other Johns Hopkins colleagues.

Essential Job Functions:

Maintains accurate data records, follows established procedures or protocols and utilizes aseptic technique to perform experiments. These may require other associated specialized laboratory methods including sterile technique, tissue culture and molecular biology techniques and confocal microscopy, for which training will be supplied.  Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, light microscope, and thermocycler; keeps the laboratory clean and in working order. Follows experimental protocols, performs general mouse husbandry (setting up matings, weaning, tissue harvest for genotyping, ear and toe marking), monitors animals and maintains health records, may perform mouse behavioral assays, and sacrifices and dissects animal tissues as required in accordance with USDA, AALAC and IACUC guidelines.  Prepares tissue for study utilizing histochemical techniques.

Completes annual university biohazard/safety training, as appropriate, and complies with biohazard/radiation safety standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, molecular biology, or related field required.  1 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:

Minimum of two years in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques, coupled with a survey knowledge of neuroscience or biological sciences.

Physical Requirements:

Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
Occasionally lifting, carrying objects weighing 10 lbs. or less.  Ability to move about.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and
responsibilities; it does not exclude other duties.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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