Research Specialist - Natural Sciences

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Deadline: 16 Apr 2023

Research Specialist - Natural Sciences

Department of Pediatrics

University of Illinois Chicago

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UIC is among the nations preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


The Department of Pediatrics is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Research Specialist. This full-time position contributes to the design and delivery of basic and translational research projects including studies on neonatal nutrition and intestinal development and advancement of a gut microbiome research program within the Section of Neonatology.


  • Collaborate with Principal Investigator to develop objectives and design of research projects and proposals.
  • Perform independently specific laboratory techniques and assays including RNA and DNA isolation, Western blots, and PCR.
  • Prepare and maintain cell and tissue cultures as well as conduct standard cell culture protocols including subculturing, freezing, and thawing of culture cells.
  • Facile with microscopy including cell counting and sorting and determination of cell viability.
  • Analyze and evaluate tests and research results for presentation at weekly lab meetings.
  • Test, customize, and implement new methods, procedures and techniques based on needs of laboratory.
  • Monitor project developments daily and regularly update principal investigators on experiments and pertinent results.
  • Organize and maintain laboratory supplies and equipment, including supply ordering.
  • Catalog and maintain a biorepository of clinical specimens (stool, urine, nasogastric aspirates) from neonatal intensive care unit patients.
  • Contribute material, prepare results, and assist in writing up research findings for publications, papers, presentations, grants, and abstracts.
  • Meet with parents of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients to review participation in studies and to obtain study consent.
  • Communicate with bedside nurses in NICU to coordinate clinical specimen collection at patients bedside.
  • May provide supervision of undergraduate and/or medical students on techniques, methods, and procedures.


  • Bachelors degree in science or related field required. Masters degree in science preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years related research experience.
  • Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and methods.
  • Proficient (i.e., able to perform independently) in specific lab research techniques.

For fullest consideration apply by 03/30/2023. Upload CV, Cover Letter, and contact information for minimum of three references.

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