Research Specialist II (Lab Manager)

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20123 Ob & Gynecology

About the Unit
The ovarian cancer research laboratory was established at the University of Chicago in 2004. Our main goals include: 1.Understand the early steps of ovarian cancer metastasis to the peritoneum and omentum 2.Characterize tumor – stroma interactions in ovarian cancer, including the communications between adipocytes, fibroblasts, mesothelial cells and cancer cells 3.Identify new treatment targets and evaluate the efficacy of these therapeutics in pre-clinical models to prepare for their translation into the clinic 4.\tInvestigate the validity of agents that are effective treatments in other cancers to delay or inhibit the development of ovarian cancer 5.Utilize advanced proteomics analysis methods to gain further insights into ovarian cancer biology and develop tools for ovarian cancer detection and treatment

Job Information

Job Summary:

The ovarian cancer research laboratory is looking for a Research Specialist 2 to join its research team. The Research Specialist 2 will work collaboratively with the principal investigators, fellows, students and other research specialists. Under limited direction, the incumbent performs complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks.


  • Assists with planning, development and execution of research in the laboratory
  • Assists in organizing and managing the laboratory
  • Oversees the research specialists time management
  • Assists in updating and managing IACUC and IBC protocols
  • Works collaboratively with the team and collaborators
  • May assist in management of animal colony
  • Conducts periodic training for current and new members of the laboratory
  • Contributes to, and sometimes leads, the writing of academic papers, reports and final summaries
  • Collects, records, and analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews.
  • Participates in writing reports and manuscripts
  • Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates
  • Responsibilities may include actively assisting in posting jobs and screening candidates

  • Organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaboration and Independence
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in field relevant to the research (e.g., biology, cell biology, cancer biology, molecular biology, biochemistry) required
  • Advanced degree in field relevant to the research preferred
  • At least one year of relevant research experience, including tissue culture techniques, as well as, experience with laboratory organization, ordering, safety compliance and protocol writing preferred

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures
  • Strong interest in and commitment to research goals of laboratory
  • Required a minimum of one year of experience in research and laboratory organization
  • Comfort working with a team required
  • Ability to be flexible in changing research focus required
  • Experience contributing to research manuscripts, reports, or publications preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference Contact Info

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: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 7/14/2018
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