Research Specialist 3

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20147 Mol Gen/Cell Bio

About the Unit
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology - MGCB - operates within the Division of Biological Sciences. Its faculty investigate molecular aspects of biological phenomena that operate on a cellular scale. The Department currently represents research on a wide range of biological problems and systems - its internationally recognized strengths include: invertebrate and vertebrate development, plant development and plant pathogen interactions, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, cellular structure and function, and yeast genetics. The department administers the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate program in the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Training Program Cluster. The cluster combines five programs: Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), Human Genetics (HG), Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology (GGSB), and Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB). MGCB also plays key roles in the undergraduate biology curricula at the University.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Specialist 3 will work to optimize and validate novel strategies for cancer treatment. Work will predominantly focus on human tumor models grown in vivo using mice with modified immune systems.


  • Implantation of syngeneic and xenograft tumors, administration of research agents and/or radiotherapy, and common small animal surgery procedures.
  • Analysis of tumor and immune system response to therapy will be conducted using standard imaging systems and various molecular bioassays.
  • Responsible for animal colony management, animal welfare policy adherence, and routine record keeping.
  • Expected to participate in writing manuscripts and to present data at group meetings and conferences.

  • Advanced knowledge of scientific methodologies involved in small animal experimentation and breeding.
  • Knowledge of mammalian cell culture techniques.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology research techniques.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures relevant to handling small laboratory animals.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with standard laboratory equipment and computer programs.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Master's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required.
  • Doctoral degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

  • Three years experience performing biomedical studies in small animal models required.
  • Prior experience working with xenograft mouse tumor models and investigating experimental cancer therapies preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Laboratory environment, standard office environment/equipment
  • Ability to stand for up to 2 hours
  • Ability to sit for up to 2 hours
  • Ability to use computers extensively for up to 2 hours

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/cv
  • List of three references

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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