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Rush University Medical Center Lab Research Tech 2 - Rush Orthopedic Surgery in Chicago, Illinois

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Lab Research Tech 2 - Rush Orthopedic Surgery


Orthopedic Surgery




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



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Job Description:

At Rush 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?

If this describes you, you may be the right candidate for the Lab Research Technician 2 position with the Department ofOrthopedic Surgery.

Position Highlights :

The Lab Research Technician 2 assists basic science and/or clinical (biological) scientists to conduct routine laboratory tests and experiments. The Lab Research Technician 2 is responsible for performing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses while working under direction of a Principal Investigator (PI) and more senior lab staff. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Gather and prepare biological samples, such as bone, organ, and joint capsule specimens for laboratory analysis.

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes.

  • Perform routine laboratory tests and procedures for assigned ongoing research studies and may assist in conducting more complex experiments/procedures.

  • Operate traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics and automated equipment to conduct experiments.

  • Use specialized computer software to collect, analyze and model experimental data.

  • Follow good laboratory safety practices and comply with safety protocols.

  • Document work including equipment settings, procedures, and results according to lab protocols. Share observations and results with peers, scientists and supervisor.

  • May complete preliminary analysis of experimental data and interpret results.

  • Postmortem Retrieval: Assist in postmortem recovery of implants and collection of distant organ tissue samples from patients who had hosted joint replacement prostheses.

  • Implant Repository: Obtain from the Department of Pathology, accurately identifies, processes for storage, and records prosthetic devices recovered from patients.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or related science.

  • 1 year of laboratory experience.

  • Familiarity with traditional laboratory instruments and basic knowledge of basic experimental design.

  • Knowledge of good laboratory practice, lab health and safety principles.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of histologic procedures and database management

Company Highlights:

  • Rush was recently ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • The Department of Orthopedic Surgery was recently ranked #5 by US News and World Report and #1 in Illinois.

  • 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.

  • As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center 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.