The Department of Pathology is seeking a proficient Clinical Laboratory Research Specialist with a firm understanding of techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from some professional experience.
Under minimal supervision, performs research experiments on HIV, HCV, HSV-2, and SARS-CoV-2 in a Bio Safety Level 2 setting. Using established procedures and protocols, performs laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: whole blood processing, ELISAs, DNA and RNA extractions, amplification by RT-PCR, and data analysis. In terms of research projects, the individual will participate in the planning of experiments; and utilize specialized knowledge in evaluating and interpreting results. Exchanges routine information with colleagues in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication.
Responsible for routine operational activities such as: reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, and preventative maintenance of equipment. Identifies and resolves problems and uses analytical and decision-making skills to implement assigned projects.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs clinical and/or research lab tests and experiments. Plans and runs set of experiments after discussion with investigator. Follows established procedures and protocols, utilizes appropriate technique to develop, performs and analyzes laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include making protocol modification within the parameters set by investigator.
Utilizes specialized knowledge to interpret and evaluate test results. Works independently to analyze the data and present it to other lab members and PIs.
May teach/train students, and new technicians in the lab. May facilitate problem solving for entry-level lab members on day-to-day problems with more challenging research assays. Exchanges routine information with colleagues in an appropriate manner requiring good oral and written communication.
May be responsible for routine operational activities such as; shipping and ordering of supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc.
May participate in protocol development to increase efficiency and productivity in the lab.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field. One (1) year related clinical and/or research laboratory experience performing relevant or related 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 experience required for the respective job.
Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree in a related field.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of good laboratory practices.
Able to work independently, under minimal supervision with strong decision-making skills and good judgment.
Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements:
Computer and Laboratory equipment.
Software applications such as Excel, Freezerworks, Stata, and LDMS.
Operates lab equipment such as: BSC, RT-PCR machines, Centrifuges, Incubators, Ultra Low temperature Freezers and LN2 tanks.
Classified Title:Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $16.13 - $22.16/Hour; Communsurate with experience Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus Department Name: Pathology, Transfusion Medicine Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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