Staff Scientist at The University of Chicago

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:


BSD OBG - Lengyel Lab

About the Department

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has 114 clinical providers, providing care at the main hospital in Hyde Park and seven off site locations. We have More than 60,000 outpatient visits, 25,000 ultrasound visits, 2,800 deliveries, 3,000 gynecological surgeries per year. Teaching, research and the highest quality clinical care are top priorities for the Department. The residency and fellowship programs are highly ranked and have a history of training leaders in healthcare. The Department also has a significant research enterprise, engaging in population health studies, as well as research conducted in wet laboratories on tumor biology and the mechanisms of hypertensive diseases in pregnancy. Additionally, the Section of Family Planning has established a unique research center, CI3, which focuses on reproductive policy and innovations in sexual and reproductive health. The department was ranked #12 on the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 for Gynecology. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Summary

The Staff Scientist collaborates on new and ongoing research projects with a focus on, but not limited to, mapping all immune cell types in ovarian cancer tumors with a particular focus on site-specific cell-cell interactions, their response to environmental cues, and their role in ovarian cancer pathogenesis and progression. We aim to evaluate the function of immune cell types using state-of-the-art, primary cell organotypic assays, omics techniques and functional assays.

Responsibilities include collection, manipulation, and analysis of experimental datasets, primary organotypic cultures and functional assays. In addition to independent and collaborative experimental efforts, the Staff Scientist contributes to writing, proofreading, and fact-checking papers and presentations. They also ensure compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.

The Staff Scientist is part of the vibrant research environment at The University of Chicago and is encouraged to attend and participate in seminars and workshops in preparation for a successful academic career.


  • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects with a focus on, but not limited to, understanding how glycogen is regulated in cancer cells, and how glycogen metabolism rewires two major aspects of cancer biology:protein glycosylation and epigenetic regulation.

  • Evaluates the function of glycogen in cancer cells using state of the art, metabolomics, flux analysis, interfering RNA screening, global histone methylation and 5hmC DNA hydromethylation.

  • Collection, manipulation, and analysis of experimental datasets.

  • In addition to independent and collaborative experimental efforts, contributes to writing, proofreading, and fact-checking papers and presentations.

  • Ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.

  • Encouraged to attend and participate in seminars and workshops in preparation for a successful academic career.

  • Serves as a resource for collecting data and performing analysis. Contributes to facilitating and promoting a research project by providing scientific or intellectual information.

  • Reviews laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manages complex data sets for research.

  • Leads the contributions to scientific writing and publications, including protocols and grants.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree in systems biology, molecular biology, cancer biology, biochemistry, chemical or biomedical engineering.


  • Relevant research experience.

  • Background in cancer and cell biology.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to train others.

  • Knowledge in one or more relevant scientific fields.

  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Problem-solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to stand for extended periods.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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