Research Assistant- IL- Pharmacy Practice
Midwestern University
 Downers Grove, IL

Requisition Number: RESEA02634


The Research Assistant will be assisting in the Pharmacy Practice research laboratory. Duties will include participation in analytical work (e.g. HPLC/LCMS) and experimental work (rodent). This position reports to a Principle Investiagor/Professor in Pharmacy Practice.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work is performed under direct supervision by Principle Investigator or senior member of the lab
  • Perform wide variety of standard research procedures with supervision and following established procedures and protocols
  • Track results, compiles data using appropriate formats and graphs and analyzes data with training and supervision
  • Enter data and review for accuracy
  • Maintains an accurate laboratory notebook
  • Adheres to laboratory safety procedures
  • Assists in standard maintenance of the laboratory
    • Obtains quotes and performs ordering and receiving duties for lab supplies
    • Trains students
  • Contributes to abstract submissions, poster preparation, and/or manuscript publications
    • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Must be able to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university in a biological or other related science. 0-2 years of research experience required. HPLC/LCMS analytical experience is required. Must be willing to work with animals.

Computer Skills

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Ability to learn data management systems (REDCap), statistical software packages (SPSS, SAS, etc.), graphical and statistical programs (GraphPAD, PRISM) and operate laboratory instruments.

Language Skills

Intermediate skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Reasoning Ability

Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to analyze data and outcomes.

Mathematical Ability

Intermediate skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interests, commissions and proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, push/pull equipment, talk or hear. The individual is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell. This employee must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. This position requires standard or correctable vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This individual will regularly work near moving mechanic parts, be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals. This individual may occasionally be exposed to vibration and the risk of electric shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.