Research Specialist 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.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Under general supervision of the PI and Section Administrator, provides technical support for a 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.


  • Collects and banks clinical specimens, extract and store RNA/DNA and protein from frozen tissue, paraffin blocks and cell cultures using standard methods.
  • Assists and performs cell culture maintenance (media and buffer preparation) and experiments involving cell transfection .
  • Performs standard experiments, e.g. PCR, Western Blot, IHC, ELISA etc..
  • 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.
  • Monitors and maintains inventories of equipment and supplies for day-to-day study purposes as required, within budget parameters.
  • Assist with laboratory protocol alteration or development and the performance of new laboratory methods.
  • Attend relevant meetings of the research team.
  • 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
  • Previous laboratory experience with animals preferred

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in relevant field required

  • Two years' 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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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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