Lab Coordinator

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023


BSD OBG - Al-Hendy Lab - Research

About the Department

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has 136 clinical providers, providing care at the main hospital in Hyde Park and seven off site locations. We have more than 68,000 outpatient visits, 28,000 ultrasound visits, 2,800 deliveries, and 3,300 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, fibroid research, and 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 #16 on the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report.

Job Summary

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data. The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • Perform complex techniques or procedures such as: Isolation of tissue stem cells; Western blotting; ChIP assay; RT-PCR; 5) cell culture; small animal (mice/rats studies).

  • Supervise the set-up and maintenance of standard and/or specialized apparatus or laboratory equipment. Train laboratory personnel in the use and care of laboratory equipment.

  • Assist in preparing completed research reports or analyses on each project phase. Direct or participate in the tabulation and computation of project results. Write results of experiments and assist in writing articles for publication.

  • Coordinate assignment of laboratory personnel; monitor completion of assigned tasks and assist in training research technicians, fellows, residents and/or students as needed. Assist in training laboratory personnel in various techniques and analysis.

  • Monitor and maintain an appropriate quality control program consistent with institutional guidelines and/or regulations.

  • Maintain knowledge of scientific trends through readings, conferences, and seminars. Review scientific literature to identify suitable procedures and methods.

  • Orders and maintain laboratory supplies and equipment.

  • Oversee disposal of radioactive and biohazardous waste. Maintain safety records and obtain special permits as required.

  • Manage day-to-day laboratory operations. Interview, orient, lead, mentor, evaluate and serve as a resource to other laboratory personnel to meet departmental and organizational needs.

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein and participate in special projects as assigned.

  • Work with grant support staff to ensure accuracy of grant accounts and expenditures.

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.

  • Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

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



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in biology, biotechnology or biochemistry.


  • At least one year of laboratory-based research experience.

  • Experience at an academic medical center.

  • Previous OB/GYN experience.

  • Previous lab management experience.

  • Previous experience supervising employees.

Preferred Competencies

  • Analytical skills.

  • Problem-solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

  • Work independently and as part of a team.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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

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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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