Research Specialist 2 - Islet Lab

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2023


BSD SUR - Transplant Surgery: Research - Islet Lab

About the Department

The Section of Transplantation is built on a strong history of surgical excellence, including the first-ever animal organ transplant in 1904. Over the years, the section has gone on to achieve many more 'firsts,' including the first successful living donor liver transplant and the first heart-liver-kidney transplant in the world. Today, UChicago Medicine is home to one of the busiest organ transplant centers in the nation and offers more transplant options than any other program in Illinois.

What our surgeons can achieve in the operating room would not be possible without the ongoing work that is done in our laboratories, and this is especially true in the Section of Transplantation. Our researchers are well known for their basic science research in transplantation tolerance and clinical trial work around islet cell transplantation for diabetes.

Job Summary

Under moderate direction from the Islet Processing Lab Director, executes preparation for islet isolation and transplantation and participates in the islet isolation procedures and subsequent processing for clinical islet transplantation.


  • Manages reagent preparation for the human pancreatic islet isolation.

  • Actively participates in human islet isolation process.

  • Prepares supplies in the cGMP (current Good Manufacture Practice) facility and routinely checks inventory.

  • Performs quality control and release criteria tests of final islet product in compliance with internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), lab policies, and applicable regulations.

  • Assists in equipment maintenance and troubleshooting along with general maintenance of laboratory and office space.

  • Perform materials preparation, washing, and sterilization.

  • Assists in drafting and implementing improvements of SOPs and other laboratory documentation.

  • Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments.

  • Maintains records to ensure compliance with biosafety, radiation safety, animal protocols, compliance reports, instrument maintenance, and supply orders.

  • Notifies Lab Director of any potential violations of regulations. Coordinates compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Participates in research with laboratory animals.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.

  • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.

  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science in related field.


  • A minimum of 2 years of laboratory experience.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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

  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Ability to work in a sterile environment applying aseptic techniques for reagent preparations.

  • Ability to understand and follow standard operating procedures.

  • Ability to work with mice.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to adjust work schedule to meet the demands of the islet isolation process (i.e., nights and weekends).

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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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