Lab Support Assistant

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2019-05-20
Req: JR05070
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department20123 Obstetrics & Gynecology

About the UnitThe overall goal of the Lengyel Laboratory is to enhance our understanding of human ovarian cancer biology. Our laboratory studies the role of the microenvironment in ovarian cancer development and progression; using knowledge gained to develop novel treatments for metastatic ovarian cancer. The approaches we take encompass primary cell and organ culture, mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, structural biochemistry, biochemistry, genomics, and transgenic mouse models. As a translational research laboratory, we have access to primary human tissue, including tissue microarrays of ovarian cancer. We collaborate with the pharmaceutical industry to test new compounds for ovarian cancer treatment in vitro and in vivo, and are part of phase I and phase II clinical studies examining new treatments for gynecologic cancers. The laboratory currently employs four postdoctoral scientists and six research support assistants, and is situated in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago. The Center provides laboratory space for approximately 40 different research groups and encourages an integrative approach to science by bringing a Howard Hughes Medical Institute, biochemists, structural biologists, chemists, and cancer biologists together under one roof. We offer comprehensive and structured training in translational research with access to all aspects of basic and clinical cancer treatment. A strong background in molecular and cellular biology is important and expertise in protein biochemistry and/or transgenic mouse models preferred. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated, career-oriented and able to take full advantage of the opportunities given. Our approach to science is highly collaborative.

Job FamilyResearch

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job LevelResearch

Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

B2: Has developed knowledge and skills through formal training or considerable work experience. Works within established procedures with a moderate degree of supervision.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job provides business support within established procedures related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Assists with data entry and reports on results., 2) Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Assists with the installation, set up and performing experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) May assist recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; and providing general administrative support. Is developing skills in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Assist with lab operations to ensure that day-to-day running of the lab is successful.

2) Conduct protocol revisions and updates, as well as annual reviews (IACUC, IRB, IBC, Safety, Radiation, etc.).

3) Assist with grant-writing in the form of updating facilities section/budget justification sections.

4) Assist with the training and initial set-up of employees (orientation, IT access, etc.).

5) Collaborating with HR to post new staffing positions, help screen potential candidates, schedule interviews, check in with HR on statuses.

6) Oversee purchasing/general ordering to keep the lab stocked and supplied appropriately.

7) Coordinate Lab Meeting schedule.

8) Lab organization and oversight, including annual cleanup and general stock maintenance.

9) Maintain warranties and coordinate for lab equipment repair.

10) Calibration of instruments and pippettes, BSLC hoods, incubators, centrifuges, and other instruments.

11) Coordinate with other OB/GYN stakeholders to ensure the lab is successful.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Organization skills.

2) Problem-solving skills.

3) Collaboration skills.

4) Attention to detail.

5) Ability to work autonomously.

6) Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

7) Basic computer proficiency.

8) Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

9) Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

10) Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.

11) Analytical skills. 

12) Experience with  LabVantage.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor's degree.


1) Lab support/lab management experience.

2) Lab environment.

2) Ability to stand for extended periods.

3) Ability to periodically lift up to 25 lbs.

Required Documents

1) Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Pay FrequencyBiweekly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours20

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredYes

Health Screen RequiredYes

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-20-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-20-08:00

Posting StatementThe University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 5/21/2019
Application Due: 6/29/2019
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