Research Specialist - Tang

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20120 Ben May Department

About the Unit
The Ben May Department for Cancer Research (BMDCR) operates within the Division of the Biological Sciences. Since the founding of the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research by Charles Huggins in 1951, Ben May faculty have continued to make outstanding discoveries and contributions to cancer research. Our overall mission is the elucidation of fundamental mechanisms responsible for carcinogenesis and metastasis and to exploit this knowledge to develop effective therapies and prevention strategies that will significantly diminish or eliminate the threat and lethality of cancer. The Ben May Department benefits from interdisciplinary research opportunities in partnership with the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Computation Institute. The synergies of these relationships have created new and exciting research opportunities for all of us. The Ben May Department recruits outstanding faculty researchers and staff to support our laboratories located in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The research focus of Tang's lab is on molecular basis of protein structures and functions relevant to human health and diseases.


  • 60% Design and carry out experiments with consultation of principal investigator.
  • 20% Manage the daily activity and maintenance of the laboratory. This may include, but not limited to ordering of the laboratory supplies and chemicals as well as supervising students and post-doctoral fellows for the laboratory organization
  • 10% Summarize results and interpret procedures and findings
  • 10% Support Principal Investigator with manuscript and grant preparation

  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Knowledge of research techniques and methods required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Strong organizational and communication skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Ability to interact with others required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Ability to read and keep abreast of technical developments required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or Chemistry or field relevant to the research being conducted required

  • Experience in PCR , plasmid construction, directed mutagenesis, recombinant protein expression and purification required
  • Experience in cell biology techniques including cell culture, DNA transfection, and cell based assays,
  • Experience in vivo technique including mouse handling and various routes of injection, and structural biology techniques, including protein crystallization and data collection.
  • Preferred: Experience with computer programs, standard molecular biology laboratory equipment

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit for up to two hours
  • Ability to use computers extensively for two to four hours
  • Ability to stand for four hours or more
  • Laboratory environment

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
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