Cancer Biology - Research Associate II
University of Illinois at Chicago - Peoria, IL

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria seeks a Research Associate II to conduct research by assisting with the collection, entry and analysis of data and descriptive results. This person will serve as the principal contributor in developing research project requirements and all aspects of the project development and delivery.


In collaboration with Principal Investigator, develop research objectives, project designs and appropriate methodologies to enhance the research program and develop new treatment modalities.

Assist with study protocol development by defining problems, conduct and coordinate advanced research experiments, analyze data and report in strict compliance with experimental protocols and consistently exercises discretion and independent judgment.

Utilizing a broad knowledge of the equipment and techniques used in cancer research and expertise in in vitro and in vivo models, determine the effect of ionizing radiation and single and bicistronic adenoviral constructs in the invasive behavior and inhibition of tumor growth. Demonstrate competence in advanced technologies of modern cancer biology, including RNA-mediated interference (RNAi) to identify biomarkers that predict and control tumor progression and metastasis.

Collect, process and analyze data. Evaluate current developments and research findings for potential applicability to research projects. Track research activities in relevant areas of cancer biology and keep abreast of technical developments relevant to cancer research.

Required proficiency in operation of equipment and methodologies used in electrophoresis, centrifugation chromatography, propagation, storage and handling of microorganisms, mass spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, confocal and TIRF microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chemiluminescence, radioactive isotope techniques, recombinant DNA methodology and synthesis, tissue culture techniques, radioimmunoassays, and biostatistics.

Track relevant areas of research activities and keep abreast of relevant technical developments.

Prepare, organize and contribute statistical data and research results.

Summarize research and test results.

Author and co-author articles for publication and participate in presentations at scientific symposia.

Suggest and defend use of alternative approaches to testing scientific hypotheses.

Complete required documentation for regulatory animal, biosafety and other protocols.

Staff Management:
May serve as team leader in directing and coordinating the work of lower level staff. Guide, train and advise lower level researchers and students on techniques, methods and procedures.

Participate in the education and guidance of medical and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and residents primarily by providing training in laboratory research techniques and procedures.

Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

Master's degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related field of biological science required; PhD preferred.

A minimum of three years related research experience.

Advanced knowledge of research principles, concepts, practices and procedures.

For fullest consideration apply by March 8, 2013 at

The UIC is an AA/EOE.

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