Visiting Research Specialist

Chicago, IL
Salary commensurate with experience, full benefits
Mar 07, 2019
Apr 06, 2019
JOB#110607 - ITR Microbiology
Field of specialization
Biological, Microbiological, Pharmaceutical
Work Function
Laboratory, Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time

The Institute for Tuberculosis Research in the College of Pharmacy at UIC seeks to fill multiple Visiting Research Specialist positions in the area of bacterial isolation and fermentation. These positions will contribute to the design and delivery of various research projects and will collaborate with other researchers to develop, execute and interpret research projects.

The duties of this position will focus on the laboratory culture of microorganisms, specifically on the primary culture and pure culture isolation of bacteria and fungi from environmental samples. Conducts fermentation of bacteria and fungi.  Responsible for long term maintenance of microbial cultures.  Creates and maintains database of isolated microorganisms.

Additional lab research duties:
• Collaborates with Principle Investigator and researchers to develop objectives and design of research projects and proposals.
• Formulates and conducts scientific experiments and analyses. Performs complex data collection and laboratory techniques. Analyze and evaluate test and research results.
• Replicates, refines and adds new research approaches based on project needs. Tests, customizes and implements new methods, procedures and techniques.
• Develop and write advanced, comprehensive experimental protocols.
• Monitor project developments on an ongoing basis. Propose and implement changes as needed.
• Contributes material, prepares results and assist in the writing of research findings for publications, papers, presentations, grants, and other documents for publication.
• Assist principal investigator in grant and manuscript submission.

  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biology or related field required. Master’s degree in science preferred. A minimum of 3 years related research experience.
Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and methods. Proficient in specific lab research techniques.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. For fullest consideration, interested applicants must submit a complete application package through the university’s online application system by March 22, 2019.

The application package should include a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the contact information for three professional references. The application must be submitted through the following website:

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.