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Rush University Medical Center Lab Research Assistant 2 - Rush Nephrology in Chicago, Illinois

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Lab Research Assistant 2 - Rush Nephrology






Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)



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Job Description:

At Rush University Medical Center, we are committed to advancing scientific medical knowledge through research. We are revitalizing our medical centers with an emphasis on productivity, transparency and accountability. Are you looking to be a part of the exciting, always evolving and expanding new developments in research here at Rush University Medical Center? Are you well experienced in working with a variety of group, single and industry oriented studies?

If this describes you, you may be the right candidate for the Lab Research Assistant 2 position with the Department of Nephrology .

Position Highlights :

The Department of Nephrology is seeking an experienced Lab Research Assistant 2 to work under minimal supervision of basic science (biological) / clinical scientists or laboratory supervisor, processes samples and conducts both specialized and complex laboratory tests, procedures and experiments in accordance with study protocols. The studies include lung, breast, and pancreatic cancer along with kidney disease. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities :

1.Under direction of Principal Investigator (PI) and/or scientist conducts both specialized and complex research procedures and experiments.

2.Processes specimens and performs detailed manual test. The range of test types and specialization will vary based on the size and type of laboratory.

3.Analyze and interpret results for research samples such as cell lines, body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and records findings.

4.Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment. Use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time.

5.Follow good laboratory safety practices and comply with safety protocols. Demonstrates and trains other lab staff in proper use and operation of laboratory techniques and equipment.

6.Log data and experiment results and discuss with researcher and team.

7.Recommend protocol and experiment modifications. Develop laboratory protocols.

8.Uses independent judgement in applying or adapting scientific techniques. Documents results, recommend procedure/protocol revisions to address.

9.May prioritize lab assignments, delegate procedures, and train less experienced staff.

10.Develop data exhibits for publication or manuscripts including creation of graphics and other research related diagrams.

11.May conduct literature review and prepare summary for investigators as requested.

Required Position Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's degree with five years of laboratory experience.

  • Knowledge of both basic and specialized laboratory instruments and software programs.

  • Advanced knowledge of standard experimental design.

  • Proficient knowledge of best practice laboratory practice and principles including their application.

  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Strong oral and written communication.

Preferred Position Qualifications :

  • Master's Degree with three years of laboratory experience.

  • Animal research experience.

  • Willingness to work with mice.

  • Experience working with cell culture.

Some knowledge of cancer treatments (immunology of cancer).

Company Highlights :

  • Rush was recently ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Eleven Rush programs were recently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Rush University Medical Center is a five-time Magnet facility.

  • The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush full accreditation for three years. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation

  • Rush was recently ranked first for Quality and Accountability among US academic medical centers in a study conducted by the health care performance improvement company Vizient.

  • As an academic medical center, Rush University MedicalCenter in Chicago, Illinois, is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. Investigators at Rush are involved in more than 1,600 projects, including hundreds of clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge.

  • Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.