Visiting Research Specialist - Bioengineering (138656)

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Visiting Research Specialist

Department of Bioengineering

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Bioengineering at The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for a Visiting Research Specialist. The Visiting Research Specialist will perform research to create gene therapies to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Test the efficacy of gene editing tools in vivo
  • Supervise mouse colonies, which includes maintaining the size of the colony and overseeing the health of the animals
  • Collaborate with research team (undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and staff) to develop gene therapies for neurological diseases
  • Characterize gene editing tools in culture systems
  • Genotype mice to create experimental groups
  • Present research findings in group meetings
  • Conduct literature survey using internet and library resources and evaluate sample preparation methods
  • Assume additional appropriate related research duties to further the mission of the laboratory

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Relevant hands-on experience in mouse genotyping
  • Relevant hands-on experience providing animal care and monitoring the animals’ health status

The Visiting Research Specialist position is a full time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position appointed through August 15, 2021. The position may become permanent at a later date. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by November 9, 2020. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Amy Meharry at [email protected] or 217-300-6905.

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College Name or Administrative Unit:The Grainger College of Engineering Category:6-Research Title:Visiting Research Specialist - Bioengineering (138656) Open Date:10/26/2020 Organization Name:Bioengineering




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Job No:
Posted: 10/27/2020
Application Due: 12/29/2020
Work Type: Full Time