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Research Specialist 1

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University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60664
Job Description
  1. 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.
  1. Department

34465 Pritzker Inst for Molecular Engineering

  1. About the Unit

The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988. The Research Specialist 1 will work collaboratively with a principal investigator Savas Tay on varied research projects in the Institute for Molecular Engineering and Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology. Our laboratory conducts projects on signaling, single cell analysis, microfluidics and systems biology. More information can be found at:

  1. Job Family


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.

  1. Career Track and Job Level


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.

P1: Performs routine assignments in the entry level to a professional job progression. Typically requires a college or university degree or the equivalent work experience that provides knowledge and exposure to fundamental theories, principles and concepts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. Receives instruction, guidance and direction from others.

  1. Role Impact

Individual Contributor

  1. Responsibilities

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) Maintains 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. Has general awareness 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 planning, development and execution of research in the laboratory.

2) Assist in organizing and managing the laboratory.

3) Participate in writing reports.

4) Conduct periodic training for current and new members of the laboratory.

5) Contribute and sometimes leads, the writing of academic papers, reports and final summaries.

6) Collect, records, and analyzes data.

7) Conduct literature reviews.

8) Ensure compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

9) May serve as a lead research specialist on a research project.

10) Present research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences.

Unit-preferred Competencies***

1) Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

2) Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

3) Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.

4) Analytical skills.

5) Problem-solving skills.

6) Attention to detail.

7) Organizational skills.

8) Verbal and written communication skills.

9) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

10) Ability to work collaboratively with other data and research scientists on computational research in a fast-paced environment.

11) Ability to read and keep abreast of technical developments.

12) Ability to handle multiple tasks under performance and time-related stress.

  1. Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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

Preferred Qualifications***


1) Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences (Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, etc), Chemistry, Physics or Engineering.


1)A minimum of one year research experience in relevant field of study.

2) Experience in Molecular Biology techniques (i.e. quantitative real-time PCR, RNA and DNA isolation, transfection, infection, transformation, cloning).

3) Experience Biochemical techniques (i.e. affinity chromatography, immunoblots).

4) Experience in Tissue Culture techniques (i.e. ex vivo cultures, primary cell isolation, transfection, infection, co-culture)

5) Experience in Cell assays (i.e. cell signaling, proliferation, adhesion, migration, invasion, proliferation, apoptosis, cytotoxicity).

6) Experience in Microscopy (i.e. immunofluorescent analysis, immunohistochemical analysis).

7) Familiarity with common computer programs and standard laboratory equipment.

Technical Knowledge or Skills

1) Knowledge of research techniques or methods (cell biology, transcription, primary cultures, microscopy, cell assays, biochemical assays, molecular biology assays)

Required Documents***

1) Resume

2) List of 3 References

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

  1. FLSA Status


  1. Pay Frequency


  1. Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

  1. Scheduled Weekly Hours


  1. Benefits Eligible


  1. Drug Test Required


  1. Health Screen Required


  1. Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


  1. Posting Date


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  1. Posting Statement

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