The department of Urology - Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute is seeking a Research Specialist.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Proficient research and/or clinical laboratory specialist with a firm understanding of techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from professional experience.
Under minimal supervision, performs clinical and/or research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols.
Participates in the design of experiments and analyzes data. Works independently and manages daily research projects.
Assist the principal investigator in the development and coordination of projects, experimentation, data collection/maintenance, and the organization of the laboratory.
Assist in the day-to-day logistical and operational tasks of multiple research studies within the Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute.
Coordinate start-up activities, completing the informed consent of patients in JHH Urology clinic and Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute to approved study protocols. Consenting could be in-person or via telephone.
Collecting, processing, and storing patient biospecimens through standardized procedures, and assisting with data collection and clarification, and general administrative duties.
Prepares samples for nucleic acid extraction, sequencing, and histological testing. Identifies and resolves problems and uses analytical and decision-making skills to implement assigned projects.
Will be responsible for carrying out research in accordance with good clinical practices, research protocols, strict SOPs, and following all IRB protocols and HIPPA guidelines. Collects patient tissue specimens and stores accordingly.
Coordinate with members of Urology as well as the Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute to create databases to collect clinical data on multiple different types of bladder cancer.
Other duties as assigned.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Following standard operating procedures, capable of independently performing.
Communication skills including but not limited to over the phone or virtual.
Phlebotomy training is not required, but prior experience/training is a plus.
Proficient in the use of EPIC, Microsoft Office and RedCap.
Knowledge of medical terminology.
Processing of blood, urine and other biospecimens.
Isolation of nucleic acids from fresh/frozen tissue and FFPE samples.
Quantitative and qualitative analysis of nucleic acids.
Use of laboratory equipment, including but not limited to, metric balance, water baths, centrifuge, computers, printers, microwave, microtome, cryostat, embedding station etc.
Preventative maintenance on equipment as specified.
Computer competency with typing of at least 30 WPM.
Requires critical thinking and analytical skills to troubleshoot complex tasks.
Critical review of literature for design and analysis of research projects.
Be able to document and record experimental procedures and results.
Capable of troubleshooting protocols. Requires advanced knowledge of theory and concept of IRB protocols for human subject's research.
Requires exceptional communication skills to provide an explanation of research protocols to obtain informed consent from patients for recruitment.
Collection and organizational banking of human tissue samples.
This is close precision work requiring attention to detail.
Must have strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
Must have the ability to read and interpret directions, both oral and written. Organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments.
Can work successfully individually or as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.
Visual acuity and the ability to distinguish fine gradation of colors, including differentiating of red and green.
Manual dexterity in both hands, with above average eye and hand coordination.
Able to grasp and manipulate small instruments and delicate equipment.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications
Phlebotomy, PC related software, printers, copiers and scanners.
May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus (specify)).
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, workspace 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, radiation protocols, and histology.
Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.
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).
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 75% of the time.
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 workstations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
One 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.
Knowledge of good lab practices.
Classified Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $16.61-$22.83-$29.04 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M - 5:00 P.M Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Uro Greenberg Bladder Cancer Inst Personnel area: School of Medicine
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