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 vaccines for more than two decades. The CIR is seeking a Research Specialist position for a self-motivated professional focused on research in support of development of vaccines. This includes characterizing viral shedding and immune responses to respiratory and other viruses and performing assays for enteric pathogens.
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, HAI and PCR.
Willingness to do some processing of samples including blood, swabs, and stool on clinical units as needed.
Maintain detailed records of assays. Enter and verify study specific data.
Willingness to learn and assist in the development of new assays.
Must be willing to work independently and as a member of a team in the design, set up, and performance of virologic and immunologic vaccine trials.
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 in to 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.
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 team and laboratory 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.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Must be able to handle large volumes and handle multiple tasks at one time.
Must be comfortable using Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel and Outlook.
Familiarity with databases (FreezerPro preferable), accurate data entry, and report generation.
Requires the 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 normal lab hours, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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 units and the laboratory on Wolfe Street.
Duties may require standing, walking, or sitting for an extended period of time.
Requires dexterity to manipulate objects, such as pipetting and other laboratory duties.
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.
Master's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
Background in virology or immunology.
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 to Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Public Health Department name: Ctr for Immnztn Rsch Vaccine Scis CIR Personnel area: School of Public Health
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