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Rush University Medical Center Lab Research Technician 2 - Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title:

Lab Research Technician 2 - Alzheimer's Disease Center


Alzheimer Disease Center




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


Alzheimer's Disease

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Job Description:

The Rush University Alzheimer's Disease Center (RADC) is leading experimental and epidemiological center for the study of Alzheimer's disease, which has no preventative drugs, and is expected to soon triple in incidence. Over the past two decades, the RADC has carried out numerous community-based cohort studies to better understand Alzheimer's disease and aging.

Position Highlights :

The RADC Lab Technician 2 performs day-to-day activities related to routine biochemical, molecular, and histopathologic laboratory procedures involving human postmortem and antemortem biospecimens in support of several multi-disciplinary research studies of aging and Alzheimer's disease. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and proceduresPriority on quickly producing high-impact publications, taking advantage of unique Alzheimer's datasets at Rush University.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Processing, embedding, cutting, and histochemical and immunohistochemical staining of human tissue.

  • Retrieval, distribution, tracking, and storage of antemortem and postmortem biospecimens.

  • Biochemical and molecular analysis of human biospecimens.

  • Meets turnaround time expectations by prioritizing and organizing daily workload.

  • Performs accurate and timely electronic documentation of all biospecimens and processes.

  • Performs and documents quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), biospecimen inventory, and routine preventive maintenance.

  • Recognizes QA, QC, biospecimen storage, and equipment problems or discrepancies with minimal assistance.

  • Performs supply inventory, mixes frequently used buffers, fixatives, and other routine chemical solutions.

  • Postmortem human brain and spinal cord, muscle and nerve biopsy, procurement, dissection, and preservation as member of Rapid Autopsy Service.

  • Provides on-call coverage as member of Rapid Autopsy Service.

Position Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's degree required; focus onneuroscience, biology, chemistry, or related science preferred

  • 1 - 2 years of experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail essential.

  • Capable of multi-tasking, remaining flexible and managing time effectively.

  • Ability to perform procedures requiring manual dexterity and repetitive motions.

  • On call required as member of Rapid Autopsy Service.

  • Physical abilities-lift or move 25 pounds; perform repetitive motions required for use of pipette, saw, microtome, vibratome, and other laboratory equipment.

  • Position is in laboratory with exposure to potentially infectious or hazardous materials.

Company Highlights :

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

  • Eleven Rush programs were recently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Rush was recently ranked first for Quality and Accountability among US academic medical centers in a study conducted by the health care performance improvement company Vizient.

  • 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 University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.

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.