The Center for Immunization Research (CIR), Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of live attenuated respiratory virus vaccines for more than two decades. The CIR has a Research Specialist II position for a self-motivated professional focused on research characterizing viral detection and immune response to respiratory viruses and supporting the development of respiratory virus vaccines.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Perform and analyze assays accurately according to the Standard Operating Procedures, to include, but not limited to – plaque reduction neutralization, neutralizing antibody, virus titration, ELISA, and PCR.
Maintain detailed records of assays. Enter and verify study specific data.
Willingness to learn and assist in the development of new assays.
Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team in the design, set up, and performance of virologic and immunologic vaccines.
Receive, log, ship, and store vaccines and specimens. Transfer and ship specimens per DOT/IATA specifications. Maintains site shipping and storage logs of all specimens, including use of specified electronic system.
24-hour accountability for specimens and vaccine, to include nights and weekend freezer alarm notification system. Willingness to come into the lab during unscheduled hours in the event of alarms requiring transfer of specimens and/or vaccine.
Maintain and organize specimen repository.
Maintain freezer/refrigerator/incubator temperature logs.
Provide professional expertise in the creation and revision of Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols.
Identifies, troubleshoots, and solves problems with immunoassays.
Monitor inventory of laboratory supplies, liquid nitrogen, and dry ice, and places orders as needed
Maintains and troubleshoots laboratory equipment.
Demonstrates organization, problem solving, resourcefulness and flexibility.
Discusses laboratory results with Principal Investigator, NIH scientists, and site investigators as needed
Perform reasonable job duties, even if not part of the job description, as assigned by the Principal Investigator.
Keep and maintain detailed records of assays along with laboratory notebook
Maintain effective professional communication with principal investigator and clinical and laboratory study teams, to assist in prioritizing laboratory assays for vaccine trials.
Attend weekly CIR pediatric respiratory virus vaccine team meetings
Holds self-accountable for professional, responsible conduct.
Demonstrates excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Detail oriented, well-organized, self-motivated, superior time management skills.
Occasionally lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling objects weighing up to 50 lbs., such as specimens packed in dry ice.
Will require foot travel within the JHMI campus, particularly between the clinic on Broadway Street and the laboratory on Wolfe Street.
Duties may require standing, walking, or sitting for an extended period.
Requires dexterity to manipulate objects, such as pipetting and other laboratory duties.
Additional Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Must be able to handle and track many specimens and perform project tasks concurrently.
Experience with cell culture techniques.
Must be comfortable using Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, and Outlook. Familiarity with databases (FreezerPro, LDMS preferable), accurate data entry, and report generation.
Ability to flex schedule at the supervisor's request to work some evenings or weekends as required by study needs, however most work will be accomplished during routine lab hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
Two years 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.
Background in Virology or Immunology preferred.
Classified Title: Research Specialist II Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range: $40,100 - 55,140 (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F/ 8:30a-5p Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Public Health Department name: Ctr for Immnztn Rsch Vaccine Scis CIR Personnel area: School of Public Health
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
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