• Research Scientist Sr

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    General Summary of Position Responsibility:   


    This is a research scientist position for an individual with a Ph.D. in the medical sciences (or other related discipline), with an emphasis on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.  The specific area of research requires microsurgical expertise in murine (mouse) models, as well as cardiac catheterization and echocardiographic skills. The candidate will design and execute experiments, analyze data, compile accurate records of data, write manuscripts and grant proposals based upon generated data. The candidate will also directly supervise all technical staff including graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, medical residents, Surgical Fellows and technicians.  Possible risks of occupational exposure to pathogens and chemicals during the performance of assigned duties. Strict adherence to research protocols required.


    Essential Job Functions:

    1. Contributes intellectually and strategically to the development of a thematic research projects related to cardiac tissue regeneration.
    2. Design, plan, troubleshoot and execute experiments in an independent manner.
    3. Coordinates with surgical staff in order to obtain tissue specimens from consenting pediatric donors.
    4. Writes Institutional Board Review (IRB) protocols in order to obtain the aforementioned tissue specimens. Physically consents potential donors and/or supervising adult.
    5. Writes pertinent animal protocols that are submitted to and scrutinized by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
    6. Performs various laboratory procedures, including cell culture; polymer synthesis, characterization, and application; nano-molecule synthesis, characterization, and application; primary tissue and cell acquisition; the establishment of cell lines from tissue samples; develops new animal models.
    7. Creates over-expression and knockdown gene constructs to be utilized for in vivo studies with regards to bladder regeneration.
    8. Studies the gene expression of key developmental molecules that are known to be vital in tissue regeneration. Attempts to identify novel molecules involved with the regenerative process with regards to cardiac tissues.
    9. Executes in vivo rodent and non-human primate tissue regeneration studies.
    10. Independently writes research manuscripts; provides final approval for such manuscripts; is responsible for the overall editorial process; acts as the corresponding author for all manuscripts; acts as a reviewer for relevant scientific journals; acts an editor for scientific journals. Writes grants based upon data generated in the laboratory to be applied for funding at the national level.
    11. Writes scientific review articles and book chapters relevant to cardiac tissue engineering. Presents research findings at regional, national and international scientific meetings.  Builds stature in the scientific community with regards to cardiac tissue regeneration.  Builds scientific knowledge by reading journals and attending seminars.
    12. Demonstrates initiative in solving problems and implementing new laboratory procedures.
    13. Supervises research staff. Communicates effectively with staff and colleagues.
    14. Performs related duties as assigned.
    15. Builds working relationship with research personnel, purchasing agents, vendors, Builds a network of scientific collaborators from a wide array of basic science and medicine based disciplines.


    Requirements Specific to Forbess Laboratory:

    1. Skilled in microsurgery in animal models, especially the murine and murine pup models.
    2. Skilled in echocardiography – study acquisition and interpretation - in animal models.
    3. Skilled in cardiovascular catheterization in animal models.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1. Holds a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DO, or their equivalent) and typically has spent 5-6 years in rank of Research Assistant Professor.
    2. A current academic appointment at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine at the Research Associate Professor rank is required.
    3. Advanced computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office and applicable statistical software required.
    4. Possess an excellent command of the English language; medical and scientific terminology required.
    5. Ability to operate laboratory equipment sufficient to conduct applicable experiments.
    6. Organizational skills: Ability to establish priorities and react promptly to a large variety of requests and needs, sometimes in stressful situations


    General Understanding and Nature of the Position Description


    In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job classification.  These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of personnel so classified.




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