Research Professional 1

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Hyde Park Campus

2012785 Surgery-General Surgery

About the Unit
General surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine focus on a broad range of diseases, including various types of cancer, endocrine disorders, esophageal diseases, bariatric surgical treatment, breast diseases, and more. In treating this wide spectrum of diseases, our surgeons are also trained to use minimally invasive techniques, including robotic and laparoscopic approaches, to ease the patient's surgical experience. Our surgeons also work in close collaboration with experts across the hospital to ensure each patient receives the care he or she deserves to achieve optimal outcomes. The research endeavors by faculty and investigators in the Section of General Surgery are just as wide and varied as the diseases they treat. In addition to their numerous outcomes-based research projects, our investigators are busy with complex basic science questions that will one day allow physicians to deliver better care to all patients. These scientific endeavors revolve around uncovering the pathophysiology of infections, genomics and physiology of pancreatic cancer, and much more.

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Job Summary:

Under minimal direction, engages in and designs a wide variety of research projects related to pathophysiology and tumorigenesis on endocrine and neuroendocrine neoplasms. Assumes responsibility for performing experiments and complex laboratory techniques and may assign projects to laboratory staff. Closely interacts with a study or studies focused on pathophysiology and tumorigenesis on endocrine and neuroendocrine neoplasms. Demonstrates familiarity and unique blend of skills and experience through scientific and/or intellectual contributions of expertise to specific/targeted research projects.


  • Performs, designs and supervises experiments aiming at discovering tumorigenesis mechanisms, novel drug delivery mechanisms and target-specific drug therapies for endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal) and neuroendocrine tumors.
  • Implements new strategies to overcome research challenges.
  • Facilitates, oversees and helps design the PI's research projects.
  • Initiates and maintains research collaborations with other faculty and laboratories at the University of Chicago and other institutions.
  • As lab manager, mentors or supervises lab support staff on various research projects and initiatives and complex laboratory techniques.
  • Assures laboratory supplies and equipment are ordered/well-stocked and available for research.
  • Participates in and presents research data during a weekly multi-disciplinary laboratory meeting.
  • Independently prepares preliminary data and assists the PI in the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Prepares grant proposals for submission under scientific guidance of PI. Actively seeks additional funding and leads grant applications for further studies.
  • Monitors compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates
  • Remains familiar with the operations of the Section within the Department of Surgery and other locations.
  • Represents the PI in his or her absence.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required
  • Advanced knowledge of statistics and use of statistical software required
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required
  • Analytical skills required
  • Problem-solving skills required
  • Attentional to detail required
  • Organizational skills required
  • Ability to train others required
  • Ability to establish project action plans and adhere to timelines effectively
  • Ability to write and assemble manuscripts for publication in clear and concise English required.
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously required
  • Advanced skills in complex cell line experiments (CRISPR-Cas9 etc.) preferred
  • Experience with cell viability assays and drug screening for cell lines preferred
  • Advanced skills in animal experiments (including xenografting and surgery) preferred
  • Basic skills in bioinformatics software (Genespring, cBioPortal, IPA etc.) preferred
  • Demonstrated experience publishing academic manuscripts with peer-reviewed journals preferred
  • Project management skills and experience in a research environment preferred
  • Experience writing grants from government and private funding sources preferred
  • Record of delivery of abstracts and oral presentations relevant to field preferred

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Doctoral degree required

  • Minimum of five years relevant research experience preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for at least three supervisory 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: 12/1/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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