Research Specialist 1

Jul 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Annually named to the US News & World Report list of the best hospitals in the USA, the clinical facilities at the University of Chicago currently includes Mitchell Hospital, a 395-bed adult hospital facility, Comer Children's Hospital with 155 beds, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, a 525,000 square foot outpatient clinic and surgery facility. In addition, a 1.2 million square foot new hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery, opened in February 2013. The Department of Radiology operates facilities in all of these locations to provide multidisciplinary care and education.

Unit Job Summary: Principal contribution is providing technical support for an ongoing research project that focuses on the molecular biology and biochemistry of myelinating cells. Under general supervision, performs moderately complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks that will include the in vitro and in vivo analyses of the function of rodent myelinating cells. Collects and maintains data and/or specimens. Analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with the preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents. Maintains and orders equipment and supplies. Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. May orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students. Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Responsibilities will include the following laboratory duties: setting up and performing experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology required. A master's degree in any of the above disciplines is preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred. Relevant academic or industry laboratory research experience is preferred. Experience is molecular biology and biochemistry is essential.

Unit Job Function Competencies: 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.

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