The Department of Neurology is seeking an experienced researcher for the position of a Sr Research Specialist. The Sr. Research Specialist will join the productive research program in our well-funded laboratory focused on the development of innovative cell and gene therapies for the treatment of inflammation and cancers, using immune- and virus-based approaches.
After introduced to the techniques and platforms, will conduct research independently or with minimal supervision, using knowledge of molecular cloning, DNA manipulation and virus purification. With limited supervision by the PI, will design and perform laboratory experiments, analyze data, and may contribute to manuscripts. Identifies and resolves common problems and uses analytical skills to implement assigned projects. Will provide training to other individuals who may be assigned to the laboratory on a regular or temporary basis.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Exhibit and apply a sophisticated understanding of molecular biology in the conduct of research.
Perform routine and complex research laboratory tests in accordance with established standards and procedures which may include making protocol modification within the parameters set by investigator.
As a gene therapy lab, the Sr. Specialist will work on 1) routine sterile cell culture; 2) cloning; 3) molecular biology techniques; and 4) animal handling.
Independently processes and analyzes data, formulates conclusions and creates appropriate statistical presentations, including graphs and charts, for the purpose of reporting research/laboratory results, grant reports or scientific presentations.
Operates basic laboratory equipment such as centrifuge, pH meter, analytical balance, scintillation counter, spectrophotometer, light microscope, and/or utilizes laminar flow hood. May also utilize other sophisticated instrumentation such as fluorescence, luminescence spectrophotometer.
Collaborate with the PI in overseeing the administrative and scientific implementation and maintenance of research protocols for research studies, setting agendas and schedules for routine research-related meetings and other activities.
Meet regularly with PI and colleagues to review lab data, troubleshoot problems, prioritize tasks, and discuss newly published scientific literature relevant to the cell and gene therapy field.
Manage and make purchases of basic laboratory supplies and specific project necessities. This will require monitoring inventory levels of materials and supplies, as well as communication with and knowledge of relevant vendors.
Educate, train, and supervise new students and other research staff that assist in the project.
Responsible for completing renewal of registrations pertaining to recombinant DNA, human tissue and pathogens, and for amending and renewing the animal care and use agreements.
Monitor equipment performance and maintenance and be responsible for scheduling repairs and renewing service contracts when necessary.
Renew and amend animal care and use protocols.
Renew biosafety registrations.
Keep the laboratory prepared for safety inspections.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & abilities
Able to perform scientific research through conducing laboratory experiments using a variety of techniques, such as cell culture, cloning, microscopy, DNA extraction, PCR, Western blotting, tumor animal procedures, and others.
Ability to follow protocols, policies and procedures and respond appropriately when presented with novel situations.
Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
Able to organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments.
Have excellent communication skills.
Ability to work with a diverse research staff and with confidential materials.
Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
Four year's experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevant techniques.
Proficient and experienced laboratory scientist with a solid foundation in molecular biology, cloning and tissue culture.
Knowledge of basic and translational research and principles required, particularly in cancer and gene therapy research.
Proficiency in the use of software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing required.
Master's degree, with related graduate research, may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Candidates with a Ph.D. or Master's Degree is strongly encouraged to apply.
Strong research experience in molecular biology is preferred.
Previous experience with virus is a plus.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range: Min $47,500 - Max $83,300 Annually ($64,100 budgeted; Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Neuro Neuromuscular Personnel area: School of Medicine
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