Research Specialist 1

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Hyde Park Campus

22252 Chemistry

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Job Summary:

This position involves managing the full day-to-day operations of two active, scientific research groups in the Department of Chemistry. These two teams are collectively comprised of 40 researchers at the undergraduate through postdoctoral levels, with principal duties revolving around manuscript/scientific editing, strategic and financial planning, and daily organization in a Job stimulating academic chemistry research environment with numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.


  • Key areas for contributions include assisting in the preparation and editing of grants, research manuscripts, and review articles, including annual reports and supporting information sections from submission to publication, with understanding of the chemical structures and concepts involved.
  • Graphics generation for publications and teaching materials.
  • Tracking project expenditures and research data management.
  • Managing lab safety checklists and updating laboratory safety manuals by developing appropriate standard operating procedures for new chemical transformations.
  • Knowledge of the chemical reagents, specialized and routine glassware, consumables, and advanced laboratory equipment used for chemical research to effectively negotiate with vendors and manage the maintenance of available laboratory inventories.
  • Outside of these essential roles, successful candidates will also be able to balance the following administrative tasks: ordering office supplies; website management.
  • GEMS expense reporting.
  • Managing seminar speakers/visitors by arranging travel and visit schedules; managing workshops and collaborative meetings with other research groups.
  • Managing PI travel itineraries, obtaining appropriate visas, and submitting reimbursements for expenses; maintaining PI calendars, lab duty lists, lab maintenance, and cleanup schedules.
  • Arranging equipment repair calls.
  • Orienting new lab members to the university and to the laboratory, with a special emphasis on key laboratory procedures and protocols.

  • 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.
  • Supervisory skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or equivalent illustrator skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of ChemDraw preferred.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to train or teach others.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as member of a team.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Editing and proofreading skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Time management skills.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required.

  • Previous experience in a scientific research environment or in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted., required.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant research experience preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • 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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 11/8/2018
Application Due: 1/7/2019
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