Research Support Assistant

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Hyde Park Campus

2012789 Surgery-Pediatric

About the Unit
Operating since 1927 on a strong foundation of multidisciplinary clinical and academic excellence, the University of Chicago Department of Surgery's mission is to meet the most challenging and complex health problems on both a local and global scale. Among the Department's numerous accomplishments, many of our faculty members are known for their contributions to the advancement of groundbreaking surgical procedures and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. In addition to our department's clinical work, our scientists aggressively pursue a diverse range of basic, translational and clinical research projects, including studies on the gut microbiome, tissue bioengineering, stem cell research, cancer and immunotolerance. This ongoing work and achievement would not be possible without the cohesive effort and commitment of the faculty and staff. We are looking for high energy, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to improving the health of patients in the community and beyond. The faculty and staff in the Section of Pediatric General Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine are nationally renowned for their vast expertise in myriad childhood diseases and unmatched patient care. Our pediatric surgeons utilize state-of-the-art technology and techniques not found at other institutions, but more importantly they are committed to providing warm, compassionate care to infants through teenagers and their families. The section's accredited fellowship program prepares pediatric surgeons to provide minimally invasive and tissue sparing procedures, and the section's research has led to groundbreaking discoveries across a wide spectrum, including new knowledge on vascular tumor growth. The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Under direct supervision of the PI and Section Administrator, the Research Support Assistant provides technical support for a research laboratory by performing routine tasks and basic experimental techniques. Follows prescribed procedures to ensure accurate collection and analysis of laboratory samples or research data. Utilizes routine research methods to achieve established research objectives.


  • Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments.
  • Organizes data into professional format, summarizes results, and presents data to PI.
  • Maintain records to ensure compliance with biosafety, radiation safety, animal protocols, compliance reports, instrument maintenance, and supply orders.Notify PI of any potential violations of regulations.
  • Recruits and schedules research subjects.
  • Assures maintenance and good working condition of equipment to ensure continuum of research.
  • Ensures that trainees and other lab personnel have correct equipment and materials.
  • Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Assists with grant preparation and submission, specifically creating tables, making copies, and assembling the proposal.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Competencies:
  • Knowledge in the biological sciences or chemistry required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Attention to detail required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Ability to learn new research techniques or methods required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred
  • Analytical skills preferred
  • Verbal and written communication skills preferred

Additional Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field preferred

  • One year of relevant research experience preferred

Required Documents:


Cover letter

Contact information for at least three supervisory references

(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


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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Full time

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Job No:
Posted: 3/14/2018
Application Due: 5/10/2018
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