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Sr. Research Specialist at Johns Hopkins University

Sr. Research Specialist

Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Full-Time

Our laboratory develops molecular recording technologies to track mammalian development and understand how it is altered in the course of developmental disorders. We use genome engineering, high-throughput and in situ sequencing, as well as computational strategies. We are seeking a Senior Research Specialist II  who will oversee the lab’s operation day-to-day, oversee our sprawling mouse colony, oversee our NextGen sequencing operations, and train and onboard new lab personnel. This person will also act in a research scientist capacity, working on own project. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees our mouse colony, involving ~1,000 mice. This work includes implementing and using state-of-the-art next generation sequencing technologies for high-throughput genotyping of mice, setting up crosses, setting up barcoding experiments.
  • Oversees lab operations, including ordering reagents and materials, monitoring stocks, on-boarding new lab personnel, ensuring compliance with regulatory and safety requirements.
  • Oversees our next-gen sequencing operations (Illumina MiSeq), coordinates various sequencing experiments in the lab, prepares sequencing libraries, operates the sequencer, and provides machine maintenance.
  • Training new lab personnel in molecular biology, rodent work, tissue culture, etc.
  • Carries out research in identifying safe harbors in human, mouse, and marmoset genomes for transgenesis. 
  • Designs experimental approaches for research projects.
  • Performs a range of assays and experiments, including cell culture, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, fluorescence microscopy, next-generation sequencing.
  • Processes and analyzes data into figures for scientific publications.
  • Organizes barcoding experiments. Implements timed pregnancies involving barcoded embryos and collects the embryos at the appropriate stage for further analysis.
  • Writes code to analyze sequencing data.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry or related field.
  • 4 years 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 the 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. 

** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in animal husbandry.
  • Experience in next-generation sequencing.
  • Experience in tissue culture.
  • Experience in programming in Python and R.
  • Experience managing large and complex mouse colonies.
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing library preparation.
  • Basic knowledge of coding in MATLAB or R and Perl or Python.
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture technique, including culture human iPSCs.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  •   Organizational and communication skills.

Classified Title: Research Specialist II
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC 
Starting Salary Range: $45,650 - $62,850 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday through Friday 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM BME Molec and Cell Eng Physiologygy 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Sr. Research Specialist. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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