Research Specialist 2

Jun 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale. Among the Department's numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists aggressively pursue a diverse range of basic, translational and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer and immunotolerance. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond. Since the founding of the Department in 1927, many scientists, including our very own Nobel Prize-winning Charles B. Huggins, MD, have made important discoveries about various diseases and treatment protocols that still serve as a basis for standard clinical practice today. Today, our scientists continue to embody the ethos of the University of Chicago's commitment to open, rigorous, and intense inquiry. Our laboratories tackle some of today's most complex biomedical challenges, including research into immunotolerance, vaccine stabilization and bioengineering. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort of the faculty and staff. We are always looking for individuals who are willing to work in our dynamic and collaborative environment.

Unit Job Summary: The incumbent will function as a senior laboratory technician in the Principal Investigator's laboratory at The University of Chicago. Work will primarily be focused on the high-throughput preparation of 16S libraries for DNA sequencing. Additional work includes preparing metagenomic libraries, running ELISA assays on stool samples, basic bacterial culturing in an anaerobic chamber, and DNA/RNA extractions. In addition, the incumbent will train and guide staff and visiting researchers on experiment design and conduct and laboratory best practices.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required. Advanced degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to train others required. Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods 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. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Knowledge of Google suite of products preferred.

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