Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Division of Urologic Oncology within the Brady Urological Institute is seeking a Research Specialist to assist primarily with our translational and clinical research efforts in kidney cancers, urothelial cancers, and testicular cancers. The ideal candidate should be organized, efficient, willing to learn, work well on a team, and proficient in both laboratory techniques and database management/inventorying.
Under minimal supervision, the Research Specialist will be expected to perform clinical and/or research laboratory experiments by following established procedures and protocols.
The Research Specialist will participate in the design of experiments and analysis of data; work independently and manage research tasks; assist the principal investigator in the development and coordination of projects, experimentation, data collection/maintenance, and organization of the laboratory; curate and prepare samples for nucleic acid extraction and sequencing (including coring/macrodissection and DNA/RNA isolation); develop assays, prepare immunohistochemical stains, review protocols and complete measurements as assigned; collect patient tissue specimens and store them within our biorepository; assist with updating our cancer databases with clinical and pathological data prospectively; assist with regulatory requirements including IRB submissions and DTA/MTA agreements; and use analytical and decision-making skills to implement assigned projects and troubleshoot problems.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Perform clinical and/or research laboratory tests and experiments:
Develop assays and run assigned tasks/experiments after discussion with investigator.
Follow established procedures and protocols, and utilize appropriate techniques to develop, perform and analyze laboratory tests and/or experiments, which may include making protocol modification within the parameters set by investigator.
Perform a variety of technical procedures on research specimens to include human/animal fresh tissue, frozen sections, cell suspensions, paraffin, and plastic embedded tissues.
Perform experimental procedures for evaluation by Principle Investigator and contribute in the evaluation, troubleshooting and development of procedures for new assays
Perform a variety of biotechnological laboratory techniques and tests including, but not limited to, curating and preparing samples for nucleic acid extraction and sequencing (including coring/macrodissection, DNA/RNA isolation, library preparation), PCR, Western blotting, ELISA assays, preparing immunohistochemical stains, assisting with organoid model development, and being comfortable working with cell lines and animal models.
Work independently to evaluate whether component parts of experiments are working as they should.
Support research with Primary Investigators and Partners:
Assist clinical and research staff with patient data collection, including but not limited to, reviewing medical records, lab results, diagnostic results, visit notes, data entry, and data clarification.
Assist with requisition, inventorying, and curation of patient samples in our biorepository by interacting closely with our Pathology core.
Assist with collection, entering of data into databases, and compiling of data for reports and presentations.
Participate in routine group meetings and/or study-specific teleconferences.
Assist with data for research and manuscripts.
Assist with regulatory requirements including IRB submissions and DTA/MTA agreements.
Effectively communicate and interact with residents, fellows, and clinicians.
Perform literature searches and use critical thinking to design experiments, interpret and evaluate results, analyze and translate data for scientific journal publications.
This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and consistent basis by the incumbent. It should not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are similar in nature and level of difficulty.
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related field.
1 year laboratory experience performing related techniques.
Master's degree with related graduate research, may substitute for required 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. 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.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Proficiency in the use of software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
Knowledge of medical terminology.
Outstanding organizational skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
Excellent time management skills.
Ability to understand and implement support for clinical trials.
Ability to manage multiple projects at once, and effectively prioritize each.
Outstanding verbal and written communication.
Outstanding interpersonal skills.
Must adhere to guidelines regarding honest reporting of sensitive and confidential patient information. Understands the importance/impact of data integrity in terms of patients, study results, costs, quality of service and scientific research in general. Regular contact with physicians, other health care personnel and occasionally, patients, requires the use of good judgment, tact and sensitivity.
Physical requirements for the job:
Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time.
Classified Title: Research Specialist Working Title: Research Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA Starting Salary Range: $16.13-$22.16; Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/ week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003206-SOM Uro Urology Research Personnel area: School of Medicine
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