Research Specialist 1

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Hyde Park Campus

20125 Pathology

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Job Summary:

A Research Specialist 1 position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Megan McNerney, MD, PhD, in the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology at The University of Chicago ( Research in the McNerney lab focuses on the genomics of myeloid neoplasms. A high-risk subset of patients is unresponsive to treatment and their survival is less than a year. We are using next-generation genomic approaches to identify genetic changes in these patients. We are determining how these genetic changes alter transcriptional programs and networks to drive leukemogenesis, and how to target these pathways therapeutically.

These studies are being performed within the rich scientific environment at The University of Chicago. The McNerney lab collaborates with colleagues in the Departments of Pathology, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology, the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, and the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. There are seminars, journal clubs, retreats, and other opportunities for intellectual interactions.


  • The available position involves working with a team to identify, validate, and characterize genomic abnormalities in human hematopoietic malignancies.
  • Experimental methods performed will include, but not limited to, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, high-throughput screening, PCR, tissue culture, flow cytometry, and western blots.
  • Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, making stock solutions, ordering reagents, aiding with experimental design and interpretation, collecting and maintaining data and/or specimens, analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, and preparing reports.

  • Ability to interact with a diverse workforce
  • Ability to manage deadlines
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently
  • Analytical thinking
  • Attention to detail and excellent organization skills

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Basic biology coursework preferred.

  • Prior experience in research lab environment is required.
  • Experience in software such as Microsoft Excel preferred.

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