Research Specialist

Johns Hopkins University

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Specialist
The Department of Pathology is seeking a Research Specialist who has a firm understanding of techniques and a solid foundation in the underlying science, gained from some professional experience. Under minimal supervision, this indiviudal performs clinical and/or research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols. This role performs a variety of both routine and complex tests and handles delicate specimens in a histology laboratory. Works independently and manages daily projects.

The Research Specialist will work under the guidance of the Lab Manger and Senior Staff in the development and coordination of projects, experimentation, data collection/maintenance, and organization of the laboratory. Identifies and resolves problems and uses analytical and decision-making skills to implement assigned projects.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Performs clinical and/or research lab tests and experiments.
  • Follows established procedures and protocols, utilize appropriate technique to develop, perform and analyze laboratory tests and/or experiments which may include making protocol modification within the parameters set by investigator.
  • Prepares tissue samples for microscopic examination including grossing, embedding, sectioning, and coverslipping.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Programs tissue processors. Prepares and uses equipment like auto-stainers and slide scanners slide printer and label printer.
  • Performs special stain techniques; embeds specimens; prepares various staining solutions; decalcification and staining of bone specimens; operating automated slide and cassette printers and slide coverslipper.
  • Prepares slides for scanning and performs scanning duties
  • Performs quality assurance procedures such as block and slide match, reports discrepancies per standard operating procedure.
  • Maintains database and organizes specimens and resources.
  • Exchange routine information in an appropriate manner. Regular interaction with lab personnel, students, vendors, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members.
  • Train students, staff members, and postdoctoral fellows with established SOPs for sample preparation and instrument operation.
  • Assist in coordination for various projects and manages the laboratory operations.
  • Responsible for routine operational activities such as: ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, etc. Preventative maintenance of equipment and laboratory operation procedures.
  • Accessions specimens. Maintains accurate and detailed records. Provide accurate information on work conducted for client billing purposes.
  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.

Equipment, Machine, or Tool Requirements:
  • Computer and Laboratory equipment maintaining and operation lab such as:
    • Auto slide stainer, microtomes, cryostat, tissue processors, automatic coverslipper, slide printer, slide scanner, embedding

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or related field required.
  • 1 year 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: 18 graduate degree credits (semester hours) 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.

** 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:
  • Course work in related areas like anatomy, histology, genetics, biology and chemistry.
  • Master's Degree preferred. ASCP HT certification, preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Have strong oral and written communication skills. Uses various software applications, such as spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel, relational databases.
  • Knowledge of good lab practices required.
  • Individual must be able to work independently, under minimal supervision with strong decision-making skills and good judgment.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:
  • HT preferred.

Physical Requirements:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may remain in a stationary position (sitting or standing) up to 70% of the time.
  • Occasionally required to traverse throughout the laboratory or to retrieve equipment, supplies, or specimens from other locations on campus.
  • The employee is required to operate computer keyboard, laboratory instruments, and small laboratory tools such as pipettes, cutting instruments, glass tubes, dishes, and/or slides. Constantly repositions self to perform duties at laboratory work stations, gathering specimens, and loading equipment.
  • Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results. Visual acuity is required to distinguish fine gradation of color or structure and closely examine specimens (including via a microscope).
  • May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another (in the laboratory or on campus (specify)).
  • May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides (example: supply boxes or Formalin cubes). In some areas work space is limited.

Laboratory Environment:
  • Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed.
  • Must refer to and are expected to comply with procedure manuals, follow proper laboratory protocols and safety policy/procedures, and be familiar with material data safety sheets in assigned work areas.
  • Able to read and understand all Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) guidelines applicable to assigned work area.
  • Working in laboratory where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around lab equipment.
  • Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, radiation protocols, and other bio-hazardous materials. Use of personal protective equipment may be advised or required.

Additional Information:
  • Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with Johns Hopkins Policy, Laboratory Policy & Procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
  • Rotating on-call, weekend, or pager duties are required.
  • Many department laboratories operate 24/7 with schedules on day, evening, or night shift.
  • Rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. (Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs).
  • In the event of unexpected university closings including inclement weather or declared emergency, the employee in this position is required to report to work and/or remain at work.

Classified Title: Research Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA
Starting Salary Range: $16.29 - $22.38/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Department name: SOM Pat Kidney Urologic Pathology
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 Talent Acquisition Office at [email protected]. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

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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