Research Specialist 2 (Shuman Lab)

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20140 BSD Microbiology

About the Unit
Microbiology is the scientific discipline that examines microbes and microbial diseases. Microbes, small organisms that require microscopic tools for visualization, encompass bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Basic research in Microbiology studies eradication of important pathogens, prevention of human diseases, development of gene therapies and the evolution of new strategies for personalized medicine.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Perform complex technical duties relating to microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology with bacterial pathogens. Develop assays and perform record-keeping.


  • 10% Laboratory organization and ordering
  • 40% Develop/perform assays and perform record-keeping
  • 10% Perform mammalian and protist cell culture
  • 20% Perform molecular cloning and PCR
  • 10% Perform purification and expression of proteins
  • 10% Perform cell biology imaging experiments (fluorescence and EM)

Other Responsibilities:
  • Work in BSL-2 conditions
  • Maintain all safety training

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in a biological or chemical science required

  • At least 3 years of experience working in molecular microbiology, bacterial genetics, or biochemistry required

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel required

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Mental and physical demands:
  • Duties are varied and require high organizational ability, careful record-keeping, precise usage of instruments, and an ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Must be sighted, able to read and write.
  • Must have good manual dexterity and color discrimination
  • Must have ability to perform fine motor tasks
  • Must have ability to exert 10-25 pounds of force and work with hands

Required Documents:
  • A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position

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?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

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Job No:
Posted: 4/6/2018
Application Due: 5/18/2018
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