Research Specialist 1

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Hyde Park Campus

20142 Neurobiology

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Job Summary:

The laboratory of David Freedman at The University of Chicago investigates the neuronal mechanisms of visual learning, memory and recognition and is looking for a full-time lab manager and research technician to provide support for its research with non-human primates. The successful candidate will enjoy working in a leadership role in dynamic team and contributing to cutting-edge scientific research.

The laboratory is located on the main campus of The University of Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois


  • Assisting in maintaining and documenting animal health and welfare
  • Assisting in training non-human primates (M. Mulatta) to perform computer-based behavioral tasks
  • Maintaining and documenting the supply of laboratory consumables and equipment
  • Maintaining equipment and experiment rooms
  • Training, collaborating ,and assisting new laboratory personnel
  • Assisting in surgery and other minor procedures
  • Handling various administrative tasks

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
  • Ability to learn new techniques quickly and to work in sterile condition
  • Good manual dexterity and superior organizational skills required
  • Knowledge of research Techniques or methods required

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required.
  • One year's experience in animal research is required, working knowledge of Microsoft Office required, must be able to produce written reports of completed work and procedures.

  • Previous experience in a behavioral or neurophysiology laboratory and/or experience with non-human primates preferred.

Working Conditions:
  • Exposure to animals
  • Exposure to laboratory chemicals
  • laboratory environment
  • ability to make repetitive wrist, hand, or finger movements

Required Documents:
  • Resume, Brief statement of career goals and Cover Letter

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 Qualifications

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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Full time

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Job No:
Posted: 11/3/2018
Application Due: 1/2/2019
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