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Research Specialist in Life Sciences- Flow Cytometry, UIUC

The University of Illinois-­‐Urbana-­‐Champaign Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center's Flow cytometry facility has an opening for a full‐time Research Specialist in Life Science to conduct research and develop new techniques and methodologies with flow cytometry sorters and train facility users in the operation of the analyzers.

Propose Starting Date: As soon as possible after closing.

Required Education and Qualification: BS degree in biological related or physical sciences, with interest in application of technology to biological research.  Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience (depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to this position.) Required experience: At least two years of hands on experience with flow cytometry acquisition and analysis is essential, along with knowledge of multi-color panel design.  Practical experience working in biosafety level 2 biological environment Basic computing skills.  Must have the ability to effectively communicate with researchers from diverse backgrounds to understand their study design needs, and provide effective technical support. Experience in troubleshooting high-end scientific instrumentation.  Work well in a team environment.  Research Specialist will need to have the ability to think quickly and critically, and effectively multitask while prioritizing immediate needs.  Operation of flow cytometry equipment, methodologies and techniques. Cell sorting experience is preferred, as well as knowledge in operating FACS Aria sorter, BD LSRII, BD CANTO and Accuri analyzers, as well as familiarity with flow cytometry analyzing program such as FCS Express is favorable

Major Duties and Responsibilities for this position are:

  • Develop new techniques and methodologies related to the field, to extend the range of service in flow cytometry.
  • Conduct highly complex cell sorting in BSL 2 environment for the core facility and provide consultative services to PI’s to ensure optimal results.
  • Maintain user schedule for main and satellite sites and coordinate with Director to ensure maximum availability of usage of analyzers and cell sorting instrument.
  • Provide support to facility users in experimental design and analysis, sample preparation, and troubleshooting as needed.
  • Ensure data archiving and computer updates for local site in accordance with core requirements.
  • Proactively assist director in the training of center’s faculty, staff, and students users.
  • Supervise hourly employees, provide training, assign work, evaluate and monitor performance.
  • Responsible for staying informed of the development of new equipment, materials, methodologies and techniques that might affect the programs in area of research. 
  • Ensure optimal operation of facility by performing daily maintenance and QC of instrumentation.
  • Responsible for preparing timely and accurate billing information for services provided.
  • Maintain supply inventory necessary for uninterrupted satellite facility operation.

Type of Position: Full-time Academic Professional with full University benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

 Application: Please complete your profile at and upload your cover letter and resume, to include at least three contacts for reference.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

 For additional information, contact Barbara Pilas, Director of Flow Cytometry.  Phone: (217)244-0559;

 For full consideration, applications must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017

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