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Johns Hopkins University Research Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland

General Summary/Purpose:

The Research Specialist will be a member of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center FEST/TCR Immunogenomics Service Center, which is a busy academic laboratory using immunogenomics to evaluate immune responses in cancer patients. The applicant will be responsible for performing experiments, with minimal guidance, using basic and emerging immunological and cell culture techniques. The applicant will work closely with core staff, including the core facility manager and director, and data analysts, as well as users of the core facility. The applicant will assist core facility users with experimental planning and design and will aid in data interpretation.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain in vitro cell cultures as part of the MANAFEST assay protocol

  • Follow established lab procedures and protocols and utilize aseptic technique to perform experiments.

  • Maintain accurate, detailed data records in laboratory notebooks and electronically on file servers, ensuring their appropriate file backup, description, accuracy, and completion.

  • Must be able to communicate well and work with others, including being available on a rotating schedule to cover lab emergencies.

  • Assist with research projects, published journal database searches, manuscript preparation and troubleshooting, as needed.

  • Participate in general laboratory tasks, including maintenance of lab equipment, monitoring inventory levels, and ordering materials and supplies in accordance with established policies and procedures.

  • Organize and manage orders of reagents and supplies.

  • Prepare reports of findings by compiling/annotating results, and preparing figures/tables, when required.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field required.

  • Master’s degree in science preferred.

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


  • 1 year of laboratory experience performing relevant techniques required.

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

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software required.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with human T cell culture and immune assays is required

  • Critical thinking and attention to detail is essential

  • Experience with T cell receptor (TCR) immunogenomics and next generation TCR sequencing preferred

  • Experience with epitope predictions and MHC biology preferred

  • Experience with programming languages and analysis of high dimensional data is a plus

Classified Title: Research Specialist

Working Title: Research Specialist ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MA

Starting Salary Range: $16.12-$22.16

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: Monday-Friday/9:00am-5:00pm/40 hours

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus

Department name: 10002927-Cancer Immunology Lab Research

Personnel area: School of Medicine

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

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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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