Research Specialist 2 Wu lab

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

20120 Ben May Department

About the Unit
The mission of the Ben May Department is embodied in the motto of our founder, the late Nobel Prize winner Charles Huggins: ‘Discovery is our Business.' In that spirit of discovery, our researchers are pushing the boundaries of understanding and challenging the assumptions that often impede progress. We believe the first step toward preventing or curing cancer is basic research on the intricacies of the human body and the molecular, cellular, and genetic events that lead to cancer. Advances in our fundamental understanding of cancer can then be translated into better methods of prevention and diagnosis.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Independently perform technical and research functions on projects involving skin stem cell function in skin development and skin cancers. Design and carry out experiments with consultation of principal investigator. Manage the daily activity and maintenance of the laboratory.


  • Preparation of lab reagents, cell culture media preparation, lab maintenance, and molecular clonings.
  • Ordering laboratory supplies and chemicals as well as supervising students and post-doctoral fellows for the laboratory organization.
  • Summarize results and interpret procedures and finding.
  • Support principal investigator with manuscript and grant preparation.

Job Competencies:
  • Reliable, industrious, productive and ability to work independently required.
  • Ability to interact well with co-workers, have good manual dexterity and color discrimination required.
  • Good administrative and mathematical aptitude required.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills required.
  • Ability to train others required.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in cell biology, chemistry or related field required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum one year of relevant research experience is required.
  • Experience with molecular and cell biology techniques including plasmid construction, cell culture, DNA tranfcection, cell based assays and in vivo technique including mouse handling and various routes of injection required.

  • Resume

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.

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