Research Specialist 2 - Fei

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20146 Biochem/Mol Bio

About the Unit
The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) studies how biomolecules operate and interact to drive the complex and diverse behaviors of living systems. The questions that we ask are broad and multifaceted, and as a result, our trainees are well equipped for future academic and industrial careers in biochemistry and biophysics. Our research encompasses all areas of modern biochemistry, including structural biology, biophysics, and biomolecular engineering and design. Our Department is distinguished by its intellectual rigor and collaborative style. Interdisciplinary interactions are further facilitated by our presence in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences, which brings together a large and diverse group of biological and physical scientists to pursue common research goals.

Job Information

Job Summary:

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and responsive person to join us as Part-time Research Specialist 2. The Research Specialist 2 will be expected to manage the day-to-day technical support and development of several research projects. Perform and analyze experiments related to assign projects, carry out research projects independently with minimal supervision.


Research (80%)

  • Designing, performing and analyzing experiments related to assigned projects
  • Regularly meet with faculty to discuss progress and potential issues with the research
  • Assist graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers on data analysis

Administrative (20%)
  • Maintain laboratory compliance wit biological and chemical safety regulations
  • Assist with overseeing supplies (ordering and tracking) and maintaining inventory

  • Ability to train others required
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Knowledge of data analysis 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
  • Ability to work independently and a a part of a team required
  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets/database, communications, and graphics software required
  • Ability to read and keep abreast of technical development requried
  • Familiarity with common computer programs and standard molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory equipment preferred

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a field relevant to the research being conducted required

  • Knowledge and basic skills in statistics, physics and computational analysis required
  • Experience in performing independent research projects required
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Preferred: Experience with computer programs, standard molecular biology and biochemistry 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
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Reference Contact

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/7/2018
Application Due: 4/4/2018
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