The Pathology Department is seeking a proficient Sr. Research Specialist with a degree and experience in medical technology/clinical laboratory science, and a firm understanding of clinical laboratory techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from experience. Designs experiments and studies, analyzes data, and contributes to manuscript. Works independently and manages daily research projects. Will contribute to departmental/divisional/study-related meetings, and provides training to other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis. The senior research specialist will assist the principal investigator in the development and coordination of specific research projects, experimentation, data collection and analysis, and organization of the laboratory.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Performs clinical and/or research lab tests and experiments.
Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate technique to design and performs laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: routine
Clinical Chemistry Reference Lab clinical testing, clinical trials and clinical studies testing, and support of sponsored projects as required.
Performs data entry and analysis.
Assists with specimen bank collection and management. Interacts with study sponsors, investigators, and Clinical Chemistry Reference Lab staff and faculty to ensure timely and accurate test results. Troubleshoots instruments and assays.
Participates in planning experiments and evaluating/interpreting test results utilizing detailed knowledge of research laboratory procedures and practices. Selects, develops, performs and evaluates research methods; operates appropriate equipment.
Reports and records outcomes/results of all tests.
Exchanges routine information in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication. Regular interaction with students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members, and other clinical fellows, that may include training.
Monitors biohazard/radiation safety standards and proper handling of potentially hazardous chemical and biological agents and/or radiation sources in the workplace.
May responsible for routine operational activities such as; ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc. Preventative maintenance of equipment. Monitors inventory levels and proper storage of materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements
Computer and Laboratory equipment maintenance and operation including: automated clinical laboratory instrumentation (clinical chemistry and immunoassay); microplate reader/washer; centrifuges, freezers, etc.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, relational databases, electronic mail, World Wide Web, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble, manipulate and/or format data and/or test reports, with solid background in basic biostatistics. Experience with Epic Beaker other laboratory information system desirable. Knowledge of CLIA regulations/good lab practices required.
Work Environment /While performing the duties of this job
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing). Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.
The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
Prolonged vision requirements including 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).
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.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus. 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.
Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology or related field
Four years' experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques in Clinical Chemistry.
Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Master's Degree desired.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range: $46,560-$64,100-$81,650 Annually (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Pat Clinical Chemistry 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: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for 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.
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