Johns Hopkins University Research Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland

General summary/purpose:

We are seeking a research specialist to coordinate clinical and laboratory-based studies related to HIV cure. This position will involve laboratory technician duties related to these studies. The individual must have significant experience performing laboratory assays involving PCR and tissue culture. A good understanding of HIV infection is helpful. In addition, the individual should be able to review and abstract medical records to determine study eligibility, and have good communication skills to consent study participants.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

Develop, perform and troubleshoot lab assays and/or experiments, which will include PCR and tissue culture assays. Interpret and evaluate results to make recommendations on future studies and contribute to the methodology sections of manuscripts and grants. Use universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens. Recruit and consent eligible subjects. Perform study related procedures, which may include data collection, record tracking, phlebotomy and transport of study samples.


Bachelor of Science degree in biology or related discipline.

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

Experience :

1 year laboratory experience performing relevant techniques. Experience in microbiological laboratory science working with clinical samples or infectious agents preferred. Knowledge of HIV biology and clinical disease, laboratory assessments and treatment is desirable.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Good interpersonal and communication skills necessary. High degree of motivation and ability to prioritize assigned work and work independently necessary. Facility with MS Excel necessary.

Classified title: Research Specialist

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/3/MA

Starting Salary Range: $32,562 - $44,742 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full-Time

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus 1830 E. Monument Street

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

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