Rush University Medical Center

Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Full-time

Rush University Medical Center

Chicago, IL, United States

This position is for a post doctoral research fellow to join our precision-based medicine research group. The post-doctoral fellow will work independently in a multi-disciplinary environment on murine and patient-derived samples to study the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal diseases including cancer and inflammatory conditions. The selected candidate has experience working with animal models of disease, cell culture and cell treatments as well as with assays including protein and RNA-based techniques. The candidate is expected to be able to draft results of the studies being generated on circadian and microbiota experiments. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Independently plans, performs, and optimizes experiments including cell culture (e.g., immune cells, organoids), co-culture experiments, and in vivo studies and analysis of cells (DNA extraction, qPCR, protein, staining).
  • Collaborates research team members to analyze circadian and microbiota data.
  • Independently collects and interprets data, prepares abstracts and manuscripts for presentation and publication.
  • Responsible for animal handling and for working with animal tissues
  • Coordinate research activities with Clinical Research Staff and working with and handling human tissues
  • Performs other job related assignments as assigned
  • May also be required to supervise research employees and/or nonexempt staff.
  • Maintains a safe laboratory environment and ensures compliance with governmental and University policies, procedures, rules and regulations

Required Job Qualifications:

  • A mature and motivated individual who is well trained in areas of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry
  • Education: PhD or MD, equivalent experience
  • Earned PhD or MD in sciences or equivalent. Molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry PhD preferred.
  • 0-3 years post doc experience with cell culture, molecular biology techniques and animal handling experience.
  • High-throughput screening, mammalian cell culture, cell transfection assays, flow cytometry (FACS) experience.
  • Expertise in molecular biology (PCR, cloning, plasmid purification, RT-PCR), immunoprecipitation/Western blots and extraction of DNA, RNA and protein from patient tissue samples.
  • Expertise in working with relevant experimental models of disease.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, efficient and interact well with others as part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and perform laboratory work on several concurrent research projects.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Strong communication, data analysis, computer and organizational skills.
  • Expertise with confocal imaging techniques and with high-content screening platforms.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.
  • Rush was ranked Best Hospital in Illinois for Nurses in 2017 by
  • Ranked among the top 20 best places to work in healthcare by Indeed.
  • For the fourth consecutive time, all three Rush System hospitals have received an “A” grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group.
  • In U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals issue, Rush ranked among the top 50 hospitals in 8 of 16 categories.
  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 664 licensed beds.

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.

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