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Research Specialist Senior - Shared Resources

Requisition #: 186677
Location: Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Category: Allied Health/Clinical Professional
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Week: Full Time (40 hours)
Weekend Work Required: No
Date Posted: July 18, 2019

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The Senior Research Specialist works in collaboration with individuals in the lab and will support daily laboratory operation, participate in the writing of grant proposals, human IRB protocols, and in the development of laboratory tests. S/he makes intellectual contributions in a specialized scientific lab or core facility that utilizes sophisticated instrumentation. Examples of core facilities utilizing sophisticated instrumentation include flow cytometry, high throughput genetics, x-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, peptide synthesizer, and high-performance liquid chromatography.

This position will support the Cell Imaging Core imaging in our research facility at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL. The core is responsible for providing routine and advanced imaging capability to investigators and includes training and scientific advice pertinent to the usage of a Nikon A1R-TIR confocal F platform, a Nikon inverted epifluorescent calcium imaging, live-cell imaging platform, an Aperio Fluorescent Scanscope, an FEI Morgagni electron microscope, and several dissecting microscopes.

This position requires an individual with experience working in an imaging core and must have a biology background.


  1. Utilizes specialized knowledge to set up and run sophisticated instrumentation and interpret results.
  2. Independently performs research assays specific to the research laboratory.
  3. Performs routine operational activities including but not limited to acquisition of supplies and equipment, inventory review, equipment maintenance to ensure the laboratory remains operational.
  4. Provides recommendations to P.I. regarding new technologies to incorporate into the laboratory to ensure the laboratory’s technology is current.
  5. Develops, designs, and manages research projects as assigned by P.I. in full collaboration the P.I. and other laboratory staff to ensure the laboratory and P.I.’s research aims are met. Is able to identify and select best options for experimental design, data collection, and interpretation based on literature review, technical training, advanced knowledge/understanding of activity, and collaboration with colleagues.
  6. Acts as a consultant to refine or adapt methodologies to fit research objectives. Advises investigators on experimental design and research methods to ensure research aims are both efficiently and effectively met.
  7. Assists P.I. with making decisions regarding research projects that may require assessment, revision of objectives, or altering scientific direction while taking resources and lab priorities into consideration to ensure research aims are both efficiently and effectively met.
  8. Performs sophisticated data analysis utilizing extensive knowledge base and varied methods experience to ensure reliability and comprehensiveness of reported results.
  9. Collaborates with other individuals both inside, and possibly outside of the lab and JH, on the development of new protocols and uses of equipment. Creates relevant SOPs and trains other staff accordingly to ensure experiments can be performed in a standardized and replicable manner and are compliant with quality control and safety standards and regulations.
  10. Contributes original thoughts, hypotheses, and analysis to write reports, abstracts and manuscripts.
  11. Is responsible for all upkeep of equipment (as assigned by director/P.I.) so that the laboratory is fully functional and able to meet its operational goals. This includes ensuring equipment is installed to vendor-specific standards and are in compliance with appropriate building codes and regulations. Applicable service contracts are kept up to date, the equipment is serviced routinely and operational issues with equipment are both addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
  12. Manages the workflow of all laboratory processes that directly involve and interface with equipment and ensures all team members are both informed and understand what is required for successful use/analysis by equipment. Ensures processes occur correctly, efficiently and are completed in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences, analytical chemistry or closely related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant laboratory experience, with 2 years of analytical experience.


  • __X__ Ability to move freely (standing, stooping, walking, bending, pushing and pulling) and lift up to a maximum of fifty (50) pounds without assistance
  • __X__ Category 2: Job classification is not exposed to blood borne pathogens (blood or bodily fluids) while performing job duties
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting at instruments or hoods required.
  • Must have manual dexterity and visual acuity necessary to prepare specimens and perform laboratory procedures as dictated by laboratory protocols.


  • Works in laboratory environment where there may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations present.
  • Research areas may include animal, human, human products, DNA, and radiation protocols. High risk of exposure to hazardous/biohazardous materials and toxins including blood and bodily fluids and occasional exposure to communicable diseases. Risk is minimized by proper usage of universal precautions

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