Research Specialist

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 14-Jun-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR26831

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Engage actively in research projects from their inception, offering insights into experimental design and methodology.

  • Design and execute cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and genetic experiments under the guidance of the principal investigator and in collaboration with researchers in the lab.

  • Analyze experimental data using statistical and bioinformatics tools and drive the preparation of research findings for scientific presentations and publications in scientific journals.

  • Maintain an organized laboratory notebook that documents experimental procedures and results.

  • Be an active participant in lab meetings and seminars to foster a collaborative research environment.

  • Participate in setting up the lab, including organizing the lab space and establishing experimental protocols, and play a role in the lab's growth by contributing ideas for efficiency and cutting-edge research approaches.

  • Contribute to the operations, maintenance, and organization of the lab, including managing reagents, supplies, and equipment.

  • Engage in continuous learning to remain well-informed on emerging concepts and technologies, and remain flexible and adaptable with the dynamic environment of the lab as our research efforts expand.

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.

  • 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.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Molecular/Cell Biology, Biophysics, Genetics, or a related field.


  • Prior laboratory experience, particularly in molecular biology and cell culture techniques.

  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in the analysis of scientific data.

  • Experience with biophysical and imaging techniques or a background in pathology or disease research.

â‹Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent communication, organization, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work effectively in a team.

Working Conditions

  • Lab Environment.

  • Weekend/Evening hours: Experimental work may require occasional weekend attention (e.g., maintaining cell lines).

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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