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Johns Hopkins University Research Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland

General Summary/Purpose:

Our laboratory is focused on cancer genetics and genomics, and translates this information into clinical applications. A major part of this effort involves DNA and RNA sequencing and methods associated with it. This laboratory position requires experience in basic laboratory techniques in molecular biology, familiarity with sequencing technologies and methods for isolation of nuclei acids from tissue and cells. A minimum of two years’ experience is necessary.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work requires the use of methods, procedures and techniques associated with DNA sequencing. The individual will be trained in all aspects related to a variety of sequencing platforms, including molecular biology methods, running massively parallel sequencing instruments and basic data analysis, under the supervision of faculty.

  • Uses basic understanding of theory behind experiments and applies basic analytical skills to implement assigned projects, and to identify and trouble-shoot situations needing special attention.

  • Establishes procedures for the smooth operation of processes which include: scheduling of runs, monitoring of inventory of materials, maintenance of the instrumentation, timely transfer of data, and interfacing with vendors.

  • Follows established procedures or protocols to perform laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include: basic tissue culture, cell separation methods, electrophoretic separations, basic molecular biology.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA, or equivalent, in Biology, Chemistry or Physics required.

  • Survey knowledge of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, microbiology or genetics.

  • Requires one year of experience to function at this level.

  • Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula*.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters in Biotechnology a plus but not required.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A senior, experienced technician is required to perform nucleic acid purification, amplification, sequencing of PCR products, and the methods associated with it. This includes molecular biology methods like enzymatic reactions, PCR, RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis etc.

  • This person will be also responsible for the quality control of the libraries generated for sequencing and the interpretation of the data.

  • The individual will be responsible for oversight and training of more junior technicians.

  • Applicants must be familiar with the operation of laboratory equipment such as PCR machines, real-time PCR machines, centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, incubator, spectrophotometer, light microscope, imaging systems and laminar flow hoods.

  • Candidate must be organized.

  • The candidate should be familiar with theory behind experiments and apply analytical skills to interpret experiments, including positive and negative controls.

*JHU Equivalency Formula:** 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. 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.

Classified Title: Research Specialist

Working Title: Research Specialist ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA

Starting Salary Range: $16.13-$22.16 per hour (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus

Department name: 10002944-SOM Onc Cancer Biology

Personnel area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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