Research Assistant, Awad Lab

Updated: 26 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD NSU - Neurological Surgery - Awad Lab

About the Department

The Neurovascular Surgery Research Program is a translational research unit, funded by the NIH and other sources, and engaged in national and international collaborative projects. It includes scientists from different disciplines, focusing on mechanisms of genesis of vascular malformations of the brain, biomarkers of disease in human subjects, and preclinical studies and clinical trials of novel interventions for vascular malformations and hemorrhagic stroke.

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision of the PI (Dr. Issam Awad) and the department administrator, provides basic technical support to a research lab by assisting with complex laboratory experiments and the daily operations of the laboratory.


  • Performs lab experiments such as ELISA, in situ hybridization, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, RT-PCR, ddPCR, blood processing and basic histological techniques as instructed.

  • Participates in laboratory meetings and functions.

  • Helps monitor our small mouse colony.

  • Maintains inventory of samples and supplies.

  • Assists with the ordering of supplies, maintenance of stock solutions.

  • Interprets data with the help of lab members.

  • Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments.

  • May recruit and schedule research subjects.

  • Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


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

Work Experience:

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



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Previous experience with ELISA’s, RNA/DNA extraction, basic histology techniques.

  • Ability to follow and troubleshoot experimental research protocols.

  • Attention to detail and organization skills.

  • Ability to learn new research techniques or methods.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment.

  • Ability to train others.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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