Research Specialist in Life Sciences, Functional Genomics

Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, University of Illinois,Urbania-Champaign
Job Location
1201 West Gregory
Urbana, IL 61801
Commensurate with experience

Full-time Academic Professional with full University benefits package

Job Description

Conduct research on microarray genotyping and gene expression which include the following duties:

* Prepare RNA and DNA samples for microarray, gene expression protocols, genotyping, nucleic acid quality and integrity checks.

* Develop new and/or effectively use/revise established laboratory protocols necessary to successfully conduct microarray genotyping and gene expression experiments and to disseminate data files. 

* Provide training and troubleshooting assistance to users preparing samples for microarray processing with real-time PCR utilizing laboratory instruments, including Nano Drop, Speed-vac, gel imager, and Qubit. 

* Monitor supply and reagent usage by the unit and order/purchase stock as necessary to avoid disruptions in workflow. Maintain electronic files of these purchases. Utilize a P-card and comply with applicable regulations. Obtain quotations from sales reps for new purchases and comply with university procurement regulations. Maintain packing list receipts for unit. 

* Collaborate with facility users on data analysis; create experiment reports and quality control summaries.

* Monitor unit collection and storage of hazardous waste. Maintain current appropriate safety and handling training with the University's Division of Research & Safety. Complete and submit paperwork to request and coordinate waste collection according to current regulations. Maintain collections records.

* Maintain equipment and troubleshoot repairs. Coordinate equipment maintenance and repairs with service vendors, as needed.

* Prepare and deliver scientific presentations and demonstrations for unit workshops. Prepare and submit required monthly usage and billing reports.

* Write materials and methods section for manuscript submissions to peer-reviewed journals. Edit submissions and other technical documents for accuracy. Participate in publication of manuscripts.

* As time allows, attend seminars and read publications relevant to current areas of research and perform other duties.


Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Biochemistry. Alternative degree fields will be considered if accompanied by relevant experience depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to this position. Must have experience with  applicable laboratory equipment, materials, methodologies and techniques in molecular biology and genomics. Candidates must also be knowledgeable of current developments and research findings and have the ability to both evaluate potential applicability and adapt them for use in the laboratory. Effective communication, organizational, and personal relations skills are required, as is the demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, under minimal supervision.  This position requires attention to detail, good communication with faculty and students, and computer proficiency.

How to Apply

Please complete your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and resume, to include at least three contacts for references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.


For additional information, contact: Dr. Mark Band, Director of Functional Genomics
Phone: (217) 244-3930; Email:

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