Job: Research Scientist

Department: EMB – Embryology

Salary: Based on experience

Location: Baltimore, MD


The Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking a skilled Research Scientist to join the Fan Lab at the Department of Embryology located in Baltimore, MD. Please click here to learn more about the Fan Lab.

Essential Functions:

  • The candidate will be responsible for the design and implementation of one or more independent projects. With minimal supervision, determine most suitable methods to be used in independent research projects; perform scientific experiments and procedures; interpret results and determine consistency with experimental goals; review literature; interpret subsequent data. Often explores new areas and seeks opportunities to apply new knowledge to work. Train and manage lab technician to support research projects. The exercise of judgement is a prime factor in the performance of duties. Incumbent is vested with final authority to make decisions within the limits of established policies and practices.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Independently perform laboratory research activities related to assigned project
  • Analyze data, formulate conclusions and create appropriate statistical presentation, including graphs and charts, and prepare and present written or oral progress reports regarding studies
  • Administer day-to-day laboratory operations including monitoring budget, ensuring quality control and safety compliance, development policies and procedures and ordering supplies
  • Maintain proper operation of research equipment, ensuring proper operation records, cleaning, ordering of required components and resolving technical issues
  • Actively contributes to laboratory meetings and planning sessions
  • Prepare written reports and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals for publication
  • Train new students, postdoctoral researchers, and technical personnel in a variety of laboratory techniques
  • Manage lab technician to support the research of students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as fulfill general laboratory needs
  • Work efficiently and cooperatively with a team of researchers in support of lab goals and projects


  • PhD degree in a relevant field and one or more positive letters of reference from scientist(s) familiar with the candidate’s research and work ethic
  • Experience in the development and use of mouse models.
  • Able to critically review information and understand new concepts and techniques with minimal assistance
  • Strong organizational and computer skills, meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise
  • Ability to work independently and effectively

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally lifts and /or carries objects weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Occasionally stoops and bends
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands above head
  • Work is performed in a normal laboratory environment where there are relatively few physical discomforts due to dust, dirt, noise, or similar
  • Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low-dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemical and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances

Additional Information:

The Department of Embryology is one of six departments comprising the Carnegie Institution for Science. The department functions as a private, non-profit research institute affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University and is located adjacent to the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. The department consists of 10 laboratories studying a variety of questions in cell and developmental biology. For more information about the Department, visit

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.