Cellular Screening Core: Research Specialist 1

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Hyde Park Campus

20114 BSD Shared Research Facilities

About the Unit
The Cellular Screening Center (CSC) provides high throughput and non cell based screening for researchers throughout the Chicago area. Both small molecules and siRNA libraries are offered for such screens. Support from the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) and the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division enabled the creation of the CSC in 2006. The facility was established to provide state-of-the-art automation for drug discovery and disease mechanism elucidation in a clean room environment. Automation is present for all aspects of the screening process. The CSC has attracted a significant number of collaborations with area scientist in fields as diverse as cancer biology, diabetes and ophthalmology.

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Job Summary:

The Cellular Screening Center (CSC) provides high throughput cell and non-cell based screening for researchers throughout the Chicago area. Both small molecules and siRNA libraries are offered for such screens. The principal contribution is providing routine or standardized laboratory or administrative duties and collecting routine data in support of research projects under direct supervision.


  • Collects and enters data, assists in analyzing data and preparation of reports and manuscripts.
  • Perform RNAi and small molecule screening experiments in a high-throughput screening laboratory.
  • Perform some basic laboratory management.
  • Maintain and develop protocols for laboratory automation.
  • Attend and participate in project meetings, assist in preparing and conducting experiments following established procedures or protocols, summarize results of experiments performed and assist in interpreting the results of studies.
  • Assist supervisor with research projects, performing basic laboratory techniques.
  • Assist with maintaining, testing and/or implementation of robotics and automation.
  • Interact with students and other laboratory members and assist them with their work as directed by the PI.
  • Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; assisting with developing data collection tools; managing data files; maintaining and ordering supplies, and providing general administrative support.

  • Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Capacity to exhibit organizational skills required
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required, degree in life science preferred

  • Experience working in a laboratory environment
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, ect.)

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Capacity to handle multiple tasks and competing demands under tight timeframes
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage competing deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to summarize detailed issues in a concise and structured manner
  • Ability to understand and carry out instructions and solve problems in complex situations
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff in a professional manner while respecting confidentiality
  • Excellent customer/staff interpersonal skills

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Information

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: 5/10/2018
Application Due: 7/9/2018
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