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Rush University Medical Center Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Orthopedic Surgery in Chicago, Illinois

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Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Orthopedic Surgery


Orthopedic Surgery




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



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Job Description:

University Medical Center, we are committed to advancing scientific medical knowledge through research.At RUMC we are expanding scientific frontiers in human disease to improve diagnosis and treatment.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 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position with the department ofOrthopedic Surgery.

Position Highlights :

Incumbent performs molecular, cell and biochemistry work and experiments under limited supervision, utilizing advanced degrees of technical proficiency. Designs, initiates and performs complex scientific research experimentsat a high level of proficiency without supervisionwithin a translational research laboratory thatstudies bone and cartilage diseases such as fracture healing, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, diabetes and obesity.Evaluates data, prepares final reports, and presents at local and national meetings based on results. The selected candidate will gain experience in cutting edge molecular and cellular biological techniques applied to rodent and human studies, nanoparticles for protein/drug delivery, mouse transgenesis, single-cell studies, animal surgical procedures, biomechanical testing, in vivo and post mortem animal imaging, tissue engineering studies including transplant, human studies including primary cultures and tissue engineering to be applied to bone, cartilage and metabolic research. Laboratory projects have great potential to become independent research projects that would further ambitious, motivated postdoctoral careers. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plans and directs experiments related to cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, orthopedic and metabolic research. including the planning and execution of an assigned project; identifying and executing an original research project.

  • Identifies an original research project, experiments, and potential research directions related to research activities; collects, evaluates, interprets and provides documentation of research data to accomplish research objectives.

  • Provides own data collection, preparation of manuscripts, and research papers for presentation and/or publications.

  • Maintains a safe laboratory environment and ensures compliance with governmental and University policies, procedures, rules and regulations

  • Responsible for animal handling and for working with animal and human tissues

  • Performs other job related assignments as assigned

  • May also be required to supervise research employees and/or nonexempt staff.

Required Position Qualifications:

A mature and motivated individual who is well trained in areas of molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry

Education: PhD or MD, equivalent experience

  • Earned PhD or MD in sciences or equivalent. Molecular biology, cell biology, biomedical engineering or biochemistry PhD preferred.

  • 0-3 years post doc experience with cell culture, molecular biology techniques and animal handling experience.

  • High-throughput screening, mammalian cell culture, cell transfection assays, flow cytometry (FACS) experience.

  • Expertise in molecular biology (PCR, cloning, plasmid purification, RT-PCR, bioinformatics), immunoprecipitation/Western blots and extraction of DNA, RNA and protein from tissue samples.

  • Expertise in working with relevant experimental models of disease.

  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, efficient and interact well with others as part of a team.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to organize and perform laboratory work on several concurrent research projects.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

  • Strong communication, data analysis, organizational and computer skills preferred.

  • Animal handling experience desired.

  • Published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals preferred.

  • Bone and cartilage experience preferred

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 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.