Post-doctoral Research Associate

University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital
Job Location
1740 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Job Description


  • Collaborate with Principal Investigator and team researchers to develop objectives and design of research projects and proposals

  • Formulate and conduct scientific experiments and analyses

  • Perform complex laboratory techniques, data collection, and analyses; required lab techniques include molecular biology (DNA, RNA, and protein-based) and mammalian cell culture techniques.

  • Develop and troubleshoot advanced, comprehensive experimental protocols.

  • Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature searches, and apply specialized skills to analyze data



  • Participate in lab management. Guide, train, and advise lower level researchers and students on techniques, methods, and procedures

  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies as needed

  • Design and implement standard operating procedures related to laboratory techniques



  • Contribute materials, prepare results, and assist in the writing of research findings for publications, papers, presentations, and other documents for publication.

  • Assist in grant writing.

  • Acts as a liaison between departments and research teams when necessary.


Staff management:

  • Guide, train and advise lower level researchers and students on techniques, methods, and procedures.

  • Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate students


  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned

  • Attending scientific conferences


Job knowledge, skills, education, and experience:

  • Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology, genomics, or related field required

  • Minimum of 3 years related research experience

  • Comprehensive knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and methods

  • Proficient in molecular biology and mammalian cell culture research techniques

  • Demonstrate organizational skills and ability to work efficiently in a team environment

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in organizing complex research initiatives and understanding of research design and statistical analysis

  • Strong interest in preclinical animal models, including porcine cancer models


Working conditions:

Research group: The Translational Research & Innovative Oncology (TRIO) team within the Department of Radiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a multidisciplinary team with expertise in Interventional Radiology, genomics, bioinformatics, and animal sciences which together provide a comprehensive approach to developing personalized preclinical translational animal models for oncology and advancing understanding the genetic basis for cancer across various organ systems.

 Environment: Standard wet lab and tissue culture setting. Regular travel not expected but may occur occasionally around previously scheduled events.

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