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Research Specialist - IL - Biomedical Sciences

Midwestern University
Job Location:
Downers Grove, Illinois
Laboratory and Research



The Research Specialist provides research technical support to Biomedical Sciences faculty and staff. In addition, the Research Specialist assists in the laboratory skill-based course, Fundamentals of Research, which is taught to first year students in the Biomedical Sciences Program.  This position reports to the Program Director of Biomedical Sciences. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Competently performs standard research procedures with minimal supervision by Principal Investigators (PI)
  • Has a track record of providing direction to students performing research in the lab with some PI supervision
  • Assists PI with trouble-shooting and problem solving solutions to technical problems
  • Assists in the development of new protocols
  • Graphs and analyzes data
  • Keeps an accurate lab notebook
  • Responsible for maintaining cleanliness, repair, and organization of labs
  • Responsible for recordkeeping, maintenance and disposal associated with lab equipment and chemicals
  • Adheres to laboratory safety procedures
  • Maintains chemical control sheets
  • Obtains quotes and performs ordering and receiving duties for lab supplies
  • Performs course-related activities as assigned
  • Contributes to abstract submissions and poster preparation

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This individual has no supervisory responsibilities. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences related field with at least 3-5 years of relevant experience is required or a research thesis-based Master's degree in biological sciences related field with at least 2 years' full time relevant laboratory work experience. 
  • Previous experience mentoring students is desired. 
  • Previous laboratory skills including experience with immunohistochemistry, handling small rodents, dissecting mammalian tissues, microscopy and molecular biology techniques including western blot, PCR, and cell culture are all preferred.
  • This individual must have some schedule flexibility and be willing to occasionally work late hours, weekends and potential overtime.  Must be willing to work with human cell lines and work with rodent animal research models. 

Computer Skills:

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) required. Experience with Statistics, Graphing and Imaging software is preferred.

Language Skills:

Intermediate Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedural manuals. Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal communications with faculty, staff, students, and outside vendors and collaborators.

Reasoning Ability:

High Skills: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exits. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 

Mathematical Skills:

Intermediate Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as dilutions, molarity, discounts, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

This individual is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  This individual is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel crouch or crawl, taste or smell.  This individual is frequently required to lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.  Close and distance vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes, ability to distinguish depth and shades of grey scale. 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Individuals will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts, be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electric shock, radiation and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).  Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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