University of Maryland, Baltimore Lead Laboratory Research Specialist in Baltimore, Maryland

The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine is seeking a Lead Laboratory Research Specialistto provide guidance and technical expertise to research project(s) and oversee the laboratory(s) research activities in the Department of Pathology Research. This position is responsible for ensuring design, development, documentation and implementation of research procedures and protocols using a variety of complex activities.

This is an exempt, regular position and offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and observed holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.

Essential Functions

  • Performs waived, moderate and high complexity testing using manual and automated processes. Complies with all regulatory agency guidelines (CLIA 88, TJC, CAP, FDA, etc.) and addresses concerns as needed.

  • Lead the development and execution of project research studies. Revise studies, in consultation with upper management or principal investigator, to meet changing needs and requirements and enforces standards.

  • Identifies, resolves problems and takes corrective action in evaluating testing procedures, patient results and specimen integrity.

  • Prepares reagents and controls, preps samples for further testing (e.g. embedding, extractions, staining, etc.).

  • Independently identifies and resolves analytical problems, troubleshoots equipment issues, and evaluates specimen integrity.

  • Interprets and records testing and quality control results. Integrates various lab processes such as operating instrumentation, resolving customer issues, documenting QC as needed and finalizing results.

  • Accountable for orientation (e.g. assignments, goal setting, communication of needs, attending required orientation meetings, etc.)

  • Reviews Quality Control and determines the acceptability of testing, patient results, and instrument function by applying the principles of QA/QC daily.

  • Performs directorial duties such as: training and guiding students and/or other laboratory technicians; develops policies, procedures and/or methods for laboratory experimentation; and ordering supplies.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education:Bachelor's degree, in biology, chemistry or field of study related to the research of the laboratory.

Experience:Five (5) years of related experience with three (3) years clinical laboratory testing experience.

*Preferred: *Certification in clinical laboratory testing is preferred.

Other: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education

May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation

May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance, shipping of hazardous materials and/or ionizing radiation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the laboratory, or Bachelor’s degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research laboratory. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of research techniques and ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications.

  • Skill in animal care and handling.

  • Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making independent decisions or judgments.

  • Ability to network with, and provide information to key groups and individuals.

  • Provide guidance and consultation to resolve issues in area of responsibility.

  • Ability to independently perform research in a laboratory setting.

  • Ability to lead research activities and perform various advanced procedures.

  • Skill in programming statistical and data analysis using statistical software as well as spreadsheet and database software applications.

  • Ability to diagnose equipment malfunctions and dismantles and repair equipment.

  • Design research studies and prepare technical procedures and reports.

  • Knowledge and assurance of compliance issues related to laboratory activities.

Hiring Range:Commensurate with education and experience.


If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job: *Reg or CII Exempt Staff

Organization: *Pathology

Title: Lead Laboratory Research Specialist

Location: null

Requisition ID: 1800018Q