The Department of Genetic Medicine seeks a Research Specialist who under the supervision of a faculty investigator will develop assays and protocols. They will design and perform experiments for research projects as requested by and discussed with the PI. They will demonstrate their ability to successfully follow protocols and perform a wide range of modern molecular biology assays. The Research Specialist may include troubleshooting, independent decisions, and training/guidance of other lab personnel.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs basic cell culture techniques and laboratory methods/techniques associated with genetics and molecular biology such as:
Isolation of DNA and RNA, PCR, quantitative real-time PCR, DNA electrophoresis, Southern blotting, DNA cloning, DNA sequencing, quantitative and qualitative analyses of DNA and RNA molecules, as well as other functional and enzymatic assays.
Prepares buffers and solutions/reagents; contributes to the maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies; manages sample inventories and locations, concentrations, and volumes; conducts routine radiation surveys, safety tests, monitors safety compliance and prepares the laboratory for safety inspections.
Maintains careful records of all experiments performed.
Responsible for daily ordering of all laboratory consumables, reagents, supplies, and equipment; maintains financial records.
Ensures charges, invoices, and orders are correctly routed to the proper grant and category and through communication with laboratory staff, collaborators and the PI regarding appropriation of funds.
Responsible for equipment inventories and maintenance, including scheduling of service/preventative maintenance and maintaining service contracts on all equipment where applicable.
Ensures all laboratory protocols and biosafety approvals are up-to-date.
Laboratory Coordination Responsibilities:
Responsible for overall operational elements of laboratory functioning as a representative for the PI.
Acts as a project coordinator for the lab.
Coordinates with all other supporting staff units including administration and IT.
Exercises good judgment and responsibility for decisions and results.
Helps to hire guide, and train incoming laboratory staff.
Advises personnel on proper laboratory techniques and use of laboratory equipment.
Advises personnel on the proper maintenance of laboratory notebooks and electronic files.
Ensures the laboratory and staff comply with annual safety inspections and safety office recommendations.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or related field.
1 Year of related laboratory experience.
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.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Must have a working knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines achieved through undergraduate studies and laboratory experience: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, microbiology and/or genetics.
Classified Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $16.13 - $22.15/hr (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM- 5 PM Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Genetics Institute of Gen Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
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