Research Specialist 1

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

2012786 Surgery-Colon and Rectal Surgery

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 Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery features faculty and staff who tackle complex cases of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, diverticulitis and pelvic floor disorders. Our surgeons are internationally recognized for their successful treatment of complicated problems, and our facilities boast the best tools, including 3-D screening technology. We have pushed the bounds on what's surgically possible by bringing patients minimally invasive laparoscopic approaches with more than 1,000 being performed since 2002. The section's educational endeavors focus on training the next generation of colon and rectal surgeons. The colon and rectal surgery fellowship program trains surgeons in the multidisciplinary care of patients with colon and rectal pathologies, provides opportunities for high quality research, and prepares the surgeons for pursuit of academic careers. Fellows can expect a central role in comprehensive multidisciplinary patient management and training in innovative approaches such as robotic surgery and transanal endoscopic microsurgery — the leading edge of colon and rectal surgical care in the 21st century.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Under general supervision of the PI and Section Administrator, the Research Specialist 1 will provide technical support for a microbiome research laboratory by performing multiple basic laboratory techniques independently.


  • Follows and independently troubleshoots prescribed procedures to ensure accurate collection and analysis of laboratory samples or research data.
  • Utilizes routine and specialized research methods to achieve established research objectives.
  • May assist in evaluating existing methods and objectives.
  • Organizes data into professional format, summarizes results, and presents data to PI.
  • Effectively communicates and coordinates team-based research.
  • Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments.
  • 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.
  • Contributes to manuscript drafting and submission and grant preparation and submission.
  • Performs routine library work, including finding literature and copying articles.
  • Assists in training trainees and other lab personnel in laboratory methods, procedures, and safety.
  • Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Specifically maintains records for compliance (purchasing, compliance with institutional protocols, etc).
  • Assures maintenance and good working condition of equipment to ensure continuum of research.
  • May participate in research with laboratory animals.
  • Recruits and schedules research subjects.
  • Perform experiments involving DNA, RNA, protein isolations, transcriptomic analysis, Westen blot, microbial and tissue cell culture, gene cloning, mutagenesis, and animal work including tissue harvest/ fixation and immunohistochemistry analysis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • knowledge in the biological sciences or chemistry required
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods 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 Microsoft Office required
  • Analytical skills required
  • Verbal and written communication skills required
  • in relevant scientific field required preferred
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures preferred
  • Familiarity with grant preparation preferred
  • Ability to train others preferred
  • Experience in DNA, RNA, protein isolations, transcriptomic analysis, Westen blot, microbial and tissue cell culture, gene cloning, mutagenesis, and animal work including tissue harvest/ fixation and immunohistochemistry analysis preferred

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field required

  • One year experience preferred

Required Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, and Reference contact information for at least three supervisors

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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Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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Full time

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Job No:
Posted: 6/25/2018
Application Due: 7/10/2018
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