Research Specialist 1

United States, North America
Jun 06, 2014
About The Unit: The Neurobiology Department studies how the nervous system works, how it is built, how it operates on cellular and systems levels, how drugs affect it, and how it is damaged in neurodegenerative diseases. Areas of interest span cellular/molecular, systems, the neurobiology of disease, cognitive, and computational approaches in this department.

Unit Job Summary: Research Specialist is and exciting opportunity with a lab in the Neurobiology Department at the University of Chicago. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to provide technical and administrative support for a group studying how the visual world is represented in the cerebral cortex.Under general supervision, performs moderately complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Collects and maintains data and/or specimens. Analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents. Maintains and orders equipment and supplies. Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. May orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students. Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: May assist in recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: setting up and performing experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator. Responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of this growing lab, planning for both short and long-term needs, maintaining and ordering supplies and equipment, monitoring budgets, orienting and training new lab members, and ensuring laboratory compliance with applicable safety and other regulations. The position involves working with non-human primates and responsibilities include animal training and working closely with facility veterinarians and animal care staff.

Unit Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in biological or neurosciences; or a field relevant to the research being conducted required. M.S. in biological neurosciences preferred.

Unit Experience: At least 1-2 years of laboratory experience (including undergraduate research) in a neuroscience laboratory is required. Excellent computer skills, recordkeeping, interpersonal and communication skills required. Previous lab management experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: 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. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Good manual dexterity and superior organizational skills required. Ability to work in sterile condition; work with mice; learn new techniques quickly; and to work independently is required.