Research Specialist 2

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 09-Sep-23

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory

Internal Number: JR20116

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Process various types of biofluid specimens including blood, plasma, serum, lymphocyte DNA, peripheral blood monocyte (PBMC) isolation, urine, and saliva.

  • Registration, storage and retrieval of biospecimens in the freezer farm.

  • Perform day-to-day digital pathology slide scanning and interact with investigators using this service.

  • Assist the Technical Director of Biobanking in working with researchers to develop biospecimen banking protocols.

  • Assist the Technical Director in coordinating, scheduling and running biobanking meetings for all new and existing protocols (track, edit and update HTRC Service Applications).

  • Assist in LabVantage laboratory information management (LIM) system monitoring and maintenance and billing activities as needed.

  • Assist the Technical Director in ensuring compliance with institutional and regulatory policies and procedures, including CAP accreditation.

  • Other duties as determined by the Scientific Director.

  • 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


  • B.S./B.A. degree from an accredited college or university.


  • Wet lab experience.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills.

Preferred Competencies

  • Exceptional responsibility and attentiveness to detail.

  • Mature, reliable, and professional demeanor.

  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of health care professionals, including faculty investigators, research managers, nursing and technical support staff.

  • Familiarity with Windows-based operating systems and common software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Web-based applications.

Working Conditions

  • Office/Lab environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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