• Lead Research Specialist, The Hope Clinic

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Medicine
    SOM: Medicine: Infectious Dis
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.
    Job Category
  • Description


    • Under minimal supervision, performs a variety of specialized and complex research and laboratory tests and procedures. Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.
    • May assist in protocol design. Investigates and proposes alternative experimental procedures for consideration by a principal investigator.
    • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures.
    • Analyzes and interprets results of studies.
    • Demonstrates and trains others in the proper use/operation of laboratory techniques and equipment.
    • Calibrates, troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment.
    • Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.
    • Monitors laboratory processes to maintain quality assurance standards.
    • Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data and prepares charts and graphs.
    • Monitors the handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.
    • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.


    • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field and two years of research experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

    Additional Details

    We are seeking a motivated candidate for a Lead Research Specialist in a translational arbovirology lab. Projects range from basic to applied in three general focus areas:

    1. defining determinants of durable and protective adaptive immune responses to arboviruses (dengue, Zika, chikungunya)
    2. developing serologic assays for diagnosing arbovirus infection
    3. applying serologic tools to support epidemiology studies and intervention trials designed to reduce arboviral disease burden in endemic areas.

    The successful candidate will be interested in global health and infectious diseases research; organized, engaged, and detail-oriented; communicative and collaborative, able to work directly with PI, with surrounding lab staff, and independently.



    • Design experiments with PI
    • Perform assays, analyze results, enter data
    • Attend duties for lab maintenance and management
    • Ordering
    • Shipping
    • Safety and regulatory compliance
    • Coordinate major equipment servicing
    • Inventory
    • Delegate duties as appropriate
    • Oversee trainees rotating and joining lab


    THE IDEAL CANDIDATE possesses several of the following:

    • Likes coming to work and researching tropical and emerging global diseases
    • Has at least 3-5 years of basic science research experience
    • Competent with cell culture and aseptic technique
    • Knows how to do ELISA and related immunoassays
    • Comfortable with polychromatic flow cytometry (LSR II)
    • Thinks critically about experiments and troubleshoots when needed
    • Works efficiently to balance multiple duties
    • Creates a more pleasant and productive lab environment
    • Facile with technology and database management


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