The Department of Neurology is looking for an experienced researcher for the position of a Sr. Research Specialist. The Sr. Research Specialist will join the productive research program in our well-funded Laboratory focused on the development of innovative cell and gene therapies for the treatment of inflammation and cancers, using immune- and virus-based approaches.
This position requires a proficient and experienced laboratory scientist with a solid foundation in molecular biology and tissue culture. After introduced to the techniques and platforms, successful candidate can conduct research independently or with minimal supervision. With limited supervision by the PI, this individual will design and perform laboratory experiments, analyze data, and may also contribute to manuscripts. Identifies and resolves common problems and uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects. The candidate will provide training to other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis.
*This position may sponsor a work visa.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Exhibit a good understanding of the molecular biology and tissue culturing.
Performs routine and complex research laboratory, including sterile cell culture; molecular biology techniques and animal handling.
Independently processes and analyzes data, formulates conclusions and creates appropriate statistical presentations, including graphs and charts, for the purpose of reporting research/laboratory results, grant reports or scientific presentations.
Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, and/or utilizes laminar flow hood. May also utilize other sophisticated instrumentation such as fluorescence, luminescence spectrophotometer.
Meet regularly with PI and colleagues to review lab data, troubleshoot problems, prioritize tasks, and discuss newly published scientific literature relevant to the cell and gene therapy field.
Educate, train, and supervise new students and other research staff that assist in the project.
The Sr. Research Specialist will monitor equipment performance and maintenance and be responsible for scheduling repairs and renewing service contracts when necessary.
Keep the laboratory prepared for safety inspections.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Research experience in molecular biology is preferred.
Able to perform scientific research through conducing laboratory experiments using a variety of techniques, such as cell culture, cloning, microscopy, DNA extraction, PCR, Western blotting, tumor animal procedures, and others.
Ability to follow protocols, policies and procedures and respond appropriately when presented with novel situations.
Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
Proficiency in the use of software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing required.
Able to organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments.
Have excellent communication skills.
Ability to work with a diverse research staff and with confidential materials
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
Four (4) years experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques.
Master's Degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
*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.
Candidates with a Ph.D. or Master's Degree are strongly encouraged to apply and/or 2-10 years of experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques, coupled with knowledge of Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology, or Chemistry.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range: $46,560-$64,100 Annually (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Neuro Neurological Oncology Personnel area: School of Medicine
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:
*JHU Equivalency Formula: 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.*
**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.
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