Research Professional 2- Du

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20120 Ben May Department

About the Unit
The Ben May Department for Cancer Research (BMDCR) operates within the Division of the Biological Sciences. Since the founding of the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research by Charles Huggins in 1951, Ben May faculty have continued to make outstanding discoveries and contributions to cancer research. Our overall mission is the elucidation of fundamental mechanisms responsible for carcinogenesis and metastasis and to exploit this knowledge to develop effective therapies and prevention strategies that will significantly diminish or eliminate the threat and lethality of cancer. The Ben May Department benefits from interdisciplinary research opportunities in partnership with the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Computation Institute. The synergies of these relationships have created new and exciting research opportunities for all of us. The Ben May Department recruits outstanding faculty researchers and staff to support our laboratories located in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Professional Associate will work with the PI and other researchers in the lab on projects that use the Drosophila and mammalian cell models to dissect the mechanisms that control key signaling pathways the regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and cell death. In particular, the job involves extensive use of the Drosophila genetic, cellular and developmental approaches.


Laboratory work (95%):

  • Lab work will include generating desired Drosophila mutant/transgenic flies through genetic crosses, generating FRT mutant clones, FLP-out clones, MARCM clones, dissecting Drosophila eye and wing discs, maintaining well-recorded fly stocks, carrying out mouse experiments when needed, carrying out functional assays that include cell death assays and immunofluorescence for specific relevant developmental markers.
  • Lab work will also include molecular biology work such as cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, protein prep, PCR, western blots, DNA extraction, as well as other relevant molecular techniques.

General Lab Maintenance (5%):
  • The applicant will assist other members of the lab as requested with matters of lab maintenance and organization including ordering supplies and reagents, sending out antibodies or plasmids to requesting labs, organizing shipment of flies, overseeing general lab and safety issues.

  • Ability to train others required.
  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field required.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods required.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
  • Ability to read and keep abreast of technical developments required.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under performance and time-related stress required.
  • Publication record preferred.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • PhD preferred

  • A minimum of 5 years experience required.
  • Previous bench experience in Drosophila genetics, cellular and developmental biology is preferred.
  • Knowledge of molecular biology, cell culture, lentivirus, and biochemistry is an advantage and preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with common computer programs and laboratory equipment

Required Documents:
  • Resume and List of 3 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: 7/14/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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