Staff Scientist

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Hyde Park Campus

20123 Ob & Gynecology

About the Unit
The overall goal of the laboratory is to enhance our understanding of human ovarian cancer biology. Our laboratory studies the role of the microenvironment in ovarian cancer development and progression; using knowledge gained to develop novel treatments for metastatic ovarian cancer. The approaches we take encompass primary cell and organ culture, mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, structural biochemistry, biochemistry, genomics, and transgenic mouse models. As a translational research laboratory, we have access to primary human tissue, including tissue microarrays of ovarian cancer. We collaborate with the pharmaceutical industry to test new compounds for ovarian cancer treatment in vitro and in vivo, and are part of phase I and phase II clinical studies examining new treatments for gynecologic cancers. The laboratory currently employs four postdoctoral scientists and six research support assistants, and is situated in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago. The Center provides laboratory space for approximately 40 different research groups and encourages an integrative approach to science by bringing a Howard Hughes Medical Institute, biochemists, structural biologists, chemists, and cancer biologists together under one roof. We offer comprehensive and structured training in translational research with access to all aspects of basic and clinical cancer treatment. A strong background in molecular and cellular biology is important and expertise in protein biochemistry and/or transgenic mouse models preferred. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated, career-oriented and able to take full advantage of the opportunities given. Our approach to science is highly collaborative.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Staff Scientist collaborates on new and ongoing research projects with a focus on, but not limited to, ovarian cancer stem cell biology and high throughput screening. Specifically, the Staff Scientist is involved in developing a new high throughput screen to identify small molecule compounds that target subpopulations of ovarian cancer cells. The Staff Scientist is part of the vibrant research environment at The University of Chicago and is encouraged to attend and participate in seminars and workshops in preparation for a successful academic career.


  • Principal contribution is providing leadership in applying principles and knowledge
  • Responsibilities include collection, manipulation, and analysis of experimental datasets
  • In addition to independent and collaborative experimental efforts, the Staff Scientist contributes to writing, proofreading, and fact-checking papers and presentations
  • Ensure compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates

  • Organization
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Doctoral degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required
  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required
  • A background in cancer and cell biology is strongly preferred

Knowledge or Skills:
  • Ability to train others required
  • Knowledge in one or more relevant scientific fields 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 Suite required

Required Documents:

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Information

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/1/2018
Application Due: 4/30/2018
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