Research Specialist 3
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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BSD SUR - Section Administrator: Transplant Surgery - Islet Lab

About the Department

The Section of Transplantation is built on a strong history of surgical excellence, including the first-ever animal organ transplant in 1904. Over the years, the section has gone on to achieve many more "firsts," including the first successful living donor liver transplant and the first heart-liver-kidney transplant in the world. Today, UChicago Medicine is home to one of the busiest organ transplant centers in the nation and offers more transplant options than any other program in Illinois. What our surgeons can achieve in the operating room would not be possible without the ongoing work that is done in our laboratories, and this is especially true in the Section of Transplantation. Our researchers are well known for their basic science research in transplantation tolerance and clinical trial work around islet cell transplantation for diabetes.

Job Summary

Under a moderate level of guidance and direction from the PI, promotes and contributes to the scientific direction of the Pancreatic Islet and Regulatory T Cell Transplantation Research Lab in the Department of Surgery.


  • Manages Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) facility and reagent preparation for the human pancreatic islet isolation.
  • Assists during human islet isolation process.
  • Prepares supplies in the cGMP facility and routinely checks supplies inventory.
  • Performs quality control and release criteria tests of final islet product in compliance with internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), lab policies and applicable regulations.
  • Assists in equipment maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Assists in materials preparation, washing and sterilization.
  • Assists in drafting and improvements of SOPs and other laboratory documentation.
  • Organizes data into professional format, summarizes results, and presents data to PI and in lab meetings.
  • Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments.
  • Maintains records to ensure compliance with biosafety, radiation safety, animal protocols, compliance reports, instrument maintenance, and supply orders.
  • Notifies PI of any potential violations of regulations.
  • Coordinates compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Participates in research with laboratory animals.
  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.
  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.
  • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in laboratory rodent handling and aseptic techniques in rodent survival surgery.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Basic laboratory skills: pipetting, buffer/reagents preparation, basic laboratory equipment use.
  • Mammalian cell culture procedures.
  • Regulatory policies and procedures and grant preparation.
  • Microsoft Office and statistical software.
  • Deep knowledge of aseptic techniques.
  • cGMP/cGLP regulations related to laboratory work.
  • Sterilization techniques.

Preferred Competencies
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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