Research Specialist 2

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 2 will apply laboratory procedures relevant to the support of a research project directed towards investigating new approaches to targeted cancer therapy including immunotherapies. Under limited direction, performs complex duties and tasks to advance the research project.


  • Performs mammalian cell culture procedures, routine molecular cloning procedures, and immunoassays of cellular and tissue materials.
  • May assist with handling and treatment of small animals, including measuring tumors, performing injections/inoculations, and blood/tissue collection.
  • Collects, records and analyzes data.
  • Provides regular oral reports on progress. Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts.

  • Knowledge of mammalian molecular biology research techniques.
  • Familiarity with standard laboratory equipment and common data analysis software.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

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

  • One year of relevant research experience required
  • Two years of laboratory research experience preferred.
  • Experience performing an independent research project 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

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • List of three 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


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Job No:
Posted: 3/20/2018
Application Due: 5/8/2018
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