All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida is seeking a full time Sr. Research Specialist II. TheSr.ResearchSpecialist II for the JHACH Genomics/Flow Cytometry Shared Resource will have primary responsibility for overseeing genomics and flow cytometry research operations and equipment in the shared resource at JHACH. S/he and performs sequencing, single cell sorting and related services on a contractual basis on behalf of investigators and other clients. S/he will regularly work in collaboration with investigators and professional research staff at JHACH and support daily laboratory operations of the local genomics and flow cytometry shared resource. S/he will also interact and collaborate regularly with colleagues in the JHU Genetics Resources Core Facility (GRCF) on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine main campus in Baltimore, and serve as the operational link between the JHACH Genomics Shared Resource in St. Petersburg and the GRCF in Baltimore, including the management of specimen shipment between the two facilities, for shared services. The Senior Research Specialist II is capable of troubleshooting and applying specialized scientific knowledge and experience to make decisions that optimize quality, reliability, efficiency, timeliness, and cost.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
Utilizes specialized knowledge to set up instrumentation, perform service assays specific to the core, and generate data.
Performs routine operational activities, including but not limited to, acquisition of supplies and equipment, inventory review, database backup, and equipment maintenance to ensure the laboratory remains functional.
Provides recommendations to core leadership regarding new technologies to incorporate into the laboratory to ensure the laboratory’s technology is current.
Collaborates with core leadership to identify and select best options for experimental design and methods based on literature review, technical training, advanced knowledge/understanding of activity, and collaboration with colleagues.
Creates relevant SOPs and trains other staff accordingly to ensure experiments can be performed in a standardized and replicable manner and are compliant with quality control and safety standards and regulations.
May contribute original thoughts, hypotheses, and analyses to write reports, abstracts and manuscripts.
Is responsible for all upkeep of laboratory equipment within the genomics shared resource so that the laboratory is fully functional and able to meet its operational goals. This includes oversight of vendor-specific standards and compliance with appropriate building codes and regulations. Applicable service contracts are kept to date, the equipment is serviced routinely and operational issues with equipment are both addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
Manages the workflow of all laboratory processes and projects that directly involve and interface with the genomics shared resource and ensure all team members and stakeholders are kept informed and have been consulted as appropriate, in a timely manner.
Routinely assesses quality of generated data to verify test performance characteristics are maintained.
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor’s degree in genetics, molecular biology, or closely related field
Experience in genomic sequencing
Minimum of 6 years of relevant laboratory experience
Additional related education may substitute for some experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Master’s degree in genetics, molecular biology, or closely related 2+ years of experience in a genomics laboratory
Previous experience in a core/shared resource facility
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Must have extensive knowledge and experience with genomic sequencing instrumentation and genomics methodologies
Experience with Illumina NGS technology and equipment
Experience with basic flow cytometry equipment and experience with single cell sorting technologies
Any specific physical requirements for the job:
Employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) for up to 40% of the time. Employee is required to operate small laboratory tools that require manual dexterity.
Prolonged vision requirements include 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)
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, 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 (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 work space is limited.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist II Working Title: Sr. Research Specialist II Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $60,945 - $83,865 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday/37.5 hours Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-FL:Florida Department name: 60002426-All Childrens Personnel area: School of Medicine
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