Research Specialist
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

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Research Specialist
The Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University is seeking a highly motivated Research Specialist to join our externally funded pediatric surgery research group. This basic and translational research laboratory focuses on innovative approach to regenerate damaged fetal lungs using stem cell and rodent models in congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

In addition to the laboratory PI (Kunisaki), there are currently 3 full-time laboratory members. The Research Specialist will independently perform laboratory experiments based on established procedures and protocols, including molecular biological assays, immunohistochemistry, and confocal microscopy. Those with experience with pluripotent stem cells as well as RNA-seq data are preferred.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plans approach to experiments based on knowledge of scientific theory regarding fetal organ development and injury
  • Independently performs day-to-day lab experiments by following established procedures and protocols and utilizing appropriate technique
  • Maintains accurate data records and laboratory notebook
  • Maintains and makes necessary adjustments to equipment, e.g., calibrating, alignment
  • May be responsible for routine operational activities such as ordering supplies and materials, reviewing inventory, maintaining up to date records of tests, maintenance of human and animal welfare protocols
  • Prepares solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures
  • Maintains and improves training procedures and is responsible for training entry-level employees on relevant techniques
  • Additional responsibilities may include instructing/assisting students and postdocs contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment, and supplies
  • Contribute to manuscript development, drafting, and submission, resulting in co-authorship on presentations and written documents
  • Other duties may also be assigned

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related field required
  • One 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.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Relevant techniques include histology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, PCR, animal surgery
  • Willingness to learn new techniques
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work
  • Comfortable with handling rodents
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments, set priorities, take initiative in defining and executing tasks, exhibit flexibility to respond to casual requests, exercise good judgement

Classified Title: Research Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: M- F 8 - 4
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Sur Pediatric Surgery
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 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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