• Research Assistant III - Fetal Medicine (large animal research)

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/28/2018 11:05 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Research Assistant III - Fetal Medicine: Will assist with analysis, management, and oversight of large animals used in the Chicago Institute for Fetal Health’s research and educational lab that is aimed at the clinical application of innovative and investigative fetal surgeries.  The position is under the general supervision of the Manager of Research Operations.


    1. Operates and sets up laboratory and research equipment.
    2. Assists in preparing drugs, surgical and anesthetic equipment, and other items used in experiments and educational sessions.
    3. Assists with the general husbandry of animals kept for use in the lab.
    4. Prepares large animals for surgery, including administration of anesthesia and pain medication, application of catheters, and any hair/fur removal.
    5. Monitors large animals before, during, and after surgery, and collects and enters data and expenses into designated software systems.
    6. Maintains written documentation of compliance with animal care protocols and biosafety protocols.
    7. Assists in or independently performs other experiments that advance the research goals of the lab.
    8. Assists in the general upkeep of the lab, so as to maintain a cohesive and productive work environment.
    9. Assists in data entry, manuscript, and grant preparation.
    10. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.


    1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5+ years of lab experience - OR - Master's degree and 2 years of experience 
    2. Previous experience working with sheep/ macaque/ large animals is preferred.
    3. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and other software used in the analysis of data to produce publish worthy charts and figures.
    4. Ability to adapt to working with Windows and Mac based computers, and associated software.
    5. Ability to read, write, and perform calculations in order to maintain extensive notes kept in a laboratory notebook.
    6. Strong organizational and communication skills.
    7. Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of individuals.


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