Research Specialist 1

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20134 Human Genetics

About the Unit
The Department of Human Genetics is the home within the Division of Biological Sciences for the study of basic principles of genetics and genomics as applied to human disease. We provide broad training in experimental genetics and genomics, statistical and population genetics, bioinformatics, and clinical genetics. A common theme throughout our research is the application of basic genetic principles and strategies to the study of disease mechanism, disease susceptibility, and the genetic architecture of complex traits. Our faculty bridge between basic and clinical research and train students for careers in academia, industry, and medicine.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Collect biospecimens for clinical research in obstetrics during evenings/nights and weekends (Sunday - Thursday 10:00pm - 6:30am or 11:00pm - 7:30am). The responsibilities will include consenting patients and tracking study subjects, collecting and processing biological samples such as placenta and blood, and data acquisition and entry, data mining and data maintenance. Will interact with other research staff and study investigators.


  • Obtain consent from patients
  • Track study subjects
  • Data acquisition and entry
  • Collect and process biological samples such as placenta and blood

  • Obtain consent from patients
  • Track study subjects
  • Collect and process biological samples such as placenta and blood
  • Data acquisition and entry
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical thinking
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Ability to learn new techniques/methods
  • Independent and team work

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

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

  • Prior experience working with pregnant patients preferred
  • Prior experience with sample collection preferred
  • Prior experience with clinical studies, trials and databases preferred.
  • Flexibility with work hours and willingness to collect samples on evenings and weekends required

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required
  • Basic knowledge in relevant scientific field required
  • Work will be conducted in a hospital patient environment

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Work will be conducted in a hospital patient environment

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of at least 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 Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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