Research Technologist

Location
Chicago
Posted
Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Section of Hematology/Oncology has a proud and long tradition of excellence in research-based patient care and clinical discovery. Ranked among the finest cancer programs in the country, the Section is comprised of nationally and internationally known faculty with expertise in all major types of malignancies, blood disorders, and experimental therapies.

Unit Job Summary: The Research Technologist will perform research related to cancer genetics and inherited predisposition to cancer. The laboratory research focuses on understanding the role of germline genetics in individuals with a familial predisposition to hematologic malignancies and how these families can help our understanding of sporadic disease. The position requires the ability to perform tasks independently and with minimal supervision. Collaborations with other laboratories and investigators within the Section and Department are routine. 1. 50% -- Performing laboratory techniques such as RNA and DNA extractions, real time PCR, genotyping, immunoblotting, siRNA, point mutation, cell culture and other in vitro cell based assays. 2. 20% -- Maintenance of mouse colony. Maintaining breeding pairs; timed matings; analysis of embryos. 3. 20% -- Collate and analyze data. Maintain accurate, up-to-date and well-documented records of procedures performed and data generated. Summarize results and assist in interpreting findings including analysis of DNA sequencing. 3. 10% -- Collect and process clinical samples.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Medical Technology, Biochemistry or related discipline required.

Unit Experience: 1-2 years of laboratory experience is required. Previous experience with cell culture, clinical laboratory methods, and/or mouse husbandry is preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are required. Willingness to work with rodents is required. Basic computer skills (including Microsoft Office) is required. Knowledge of research techniques and methods is required. Ability to work with little direct oversight is required. Ability to work within a larger research team is required. Mastery of the written English language is required. Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills are required. Must have solid working knowledge of basic biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and fundamentals of scientific inquiry. Related experience in sequencing data analysis is required; experience with programming is required; knowledge of computer software and hardware, demonstrated ability in record keeping preferred. Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.