The Research Specialist will coordinate the operations of the Kuchibhotla lab and will be expected to function mostly independently in both administrative and research capacities. This position will contribute to the scientific research interests of the lab by helping to design experiments, presenting at lab meetings, performing data analysis, and contributing to data interpretation, manuscript preparation and publishing. This position will manage independent projects involving a broad range of technical expertise. This position requires a thorough understanding of scientific principles, and the ability to read and synthesize the literature in order to help in the design of new experiments, and use of advanced techniques in the lab. This position will help onboarding, training, and assisting lab personnel including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, and other research personnel.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Daily Lab Operations and Management
Collaborate with PI to oversee scientific and daily management of the lab
Review experiments and animal usage with members of lab to ensure efficient utilization of resources
Execute on existing operating policies and exercise judgment in the resolution of operational problems
Administer lab protocols
Manage physical space of the lab
Lab management is professional, efficient, and in compliance with established University guidelines
Adheres to the scientific mission of the lab
Utilizes available resources to effectively resolve problems
Keeps PI informed of status of projects and clearly communicates next steps, risks, and issues
Collaborate with Sr. Instrument Designer and PI to ensure that experiments and apparatus meet budgetary restrictions
Scientific Research and Reporting
Track the progress and provide support for independent research projects in collaboration with PI
Develop and validate behavioral assays for sensorimotor tasks
Perform computational analyses of large-scale imaging data
Responsible for management and analysis of experimental data
Prepare oral and written reports using analyzed data
Effectively implements scientific methods after careful thought and consideration
Computational technologies are implemented after thorough investigation and study
Demonstrates ability to accurately collect data and judge the reasonableness of the results
Raw data is organized and managed in accordance with established lab protocols
Data is analyzed in a timely manner; properly applies concepts and formulas related to scientific results
Presentations are professional and adhere to established norms in the field
Present findings at lab meetings and professional conferences
Equipment and Records Management
Manage the inventory and equipment for the lab
Update and maintain biosafety-related documentation
Compile, update, and maintain working list of vendors and suppliers for lab equipment and consumables
Equipment is maintained in good working order; preventive maintenance and/or repairs are scheduled as needed
Inventories of consumable supplies are maintained in an organized and orderly manner; supplies are replenished before stocks are depleted
Animal Care and Use
Maintain inventory of mouse colony
Establish appropriate crosses, tagging, and genotyping of mice
Harvest mouse tissue for experiments
Assist trained personnel as needed with animal care and handling tissues
Inventory of mouse colony is current and accurate
Works collaboratively with Research Animal Resources as needed to maintain healthy colony
All ACUC protocols are followed when animal surgeries are performed
All ACUC protocol documentation is current and accurate
Compliance and Training
Oversee initial training of new lab members in standard lab procedures (safety, equipment, animal)
Ensure that lab is in compliance with all relevant and applicable safety policies and protocols
New lab members are trained on all applicable safety procedures as soon as possible
Changes in requirements are shared with all members of the lab and implemented as soon as possible
Safety compliance measures are implemented immediately
Initiate SAP and/or p-card transactions to order supplies; ensure all purchases are allowable and allocable.
Maintain lab records
Communicate with Department administrative staff to resolve administrative questions
Appropriate SAP or p-card transactions are initiated to order supplies and/or services for lab
Follows established administrative policies for Department and/or University
Records are maintained in accordance with established policies
Communications and interactions with Department and other offices are professional
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
One year of 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.
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.
Two years' experience in comparable lab performing relevant techniques preferred.
Published manuscript based on data gathered using behavioral approaches is preferred.
Strong background in neuroscience preferred if degree is in related field.
Experience with high-throughput automated behavioral systems for rodents and two-photon imaging in the auditory cortex preferred.
Experience with histology including use of immunohistochemistry preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills, and a high degree of professionalism are imperative. Ability to draw on experience and collaborative resources to make informed decisions regarding key issues in the lab. Experience with and ability to follow through on independent research projects in keeping with the scientific goals of the lab required. Ability to provide constructive guidance for all members of the lab. Ability to coordinate lab administration. Knowledge of and experience working with lab equipment and techniques; must have experience working in an animal research lab. Ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, often exercising independent judgement. Must be able to manage and analyze data. Must be able to draft and write scientific manuscripts.
Computer and Software Skills: Matlab, ImageJ, Suite2P, MS Office Suite; basic email software; SAP helpful, but not required; GraphPad
Classified Title: Research Specialist Working Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $33,545 - $46,092; commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm; Up to 37.5 hrs/ week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10001376-Psychological and Brain Sciences Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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