The Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL) seeks a full-time Research Assistant to support faculty research in various fields including vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary primatology, forensic anthropology, bioarcheology, evolutionary biology, and/or human anatomical sciences. This position reports to the Chair of Anatomy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Processing of CT and laser/surface scan data of specimens
- 3D data collection, manipulation, and organization
- Assisting with experimental and statistical analyses
- Assisting in grant applications, manuscripts, and publications (e.g., figure creation, literature search, proofreading, scientific editing)
- Maintaining lab inventory and ordering of lab supplies
- Training and mentoring students in lab safety and research protocols
- Working independently and with others
- Performing other duties as assigned
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities 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.
Familiarity with 3D image-processing software, micro-CT image acquisition, code-based statistical software, 3D printing, geometric morphometrics, phylogenetic methods, and/or Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator) are extremely desirable.
Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently and in a team environment are required. Excellent organizational skills and proficiency with Windows and MacOS operating system and Microsoft Office are required. English-language, reasoning, and mathematical skills are required. Manual dexterity and comfort handling cadaveric and osteological material.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelors degree in biological sciences or related field is required and a Masters level degree is strongly preferred with a background in anatomy, biology, or biomedical sciences. Preference will be given to applicants with backgrounds in paleontology, biological and/or forensic anthropology, anatomy, evolutionary biology, and/or zoology.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) is required. Familiarity with 3D image-processing software (e.g., GeoMagic Studio, Amira/Avizo, Mimics), micro-CT image acquisition, code-based statistical software (e.g., SAS, R), 3D printing, geometric morphometrics, phylogenetic methods (e.g., PAUP, TNT, MrBayes, BEAST), and/or Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator) are extremely desirable.
Intermediate skills: The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety guidelines, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals is essential. The position requires the ability to write reports, correspondences, and to speak effectively before groups of people, such as students and co-workers. The ability to research, read, and summarize scientific literature is essential including the ability to read and edit manuscripts and grants with the respective research faculty.
Intermediate skills: The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. The ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Intermediate skills: The ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. The position requires the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Experience with 3D data and models, statistical analyses in related research fields, and coding is strongly preferred.
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.
The ability to lift 25 lbs.; vision correctable to 20/20 in both eyes; depth, color, and close vision; hearing correctable to normal; ability to tolerate prolonged standing or sitting; full use of fingers, hands, and arms; sufficient movement of upper and lower extremities for bending, stretching, reaching, walking, and pushing; ability to bend over; ability to tolerate repetitive, computer-based tasks.
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.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to work near a fume hood and is occasionally exposed to vibrations, toxic and caustic chemicals and fumes/airborne particles.
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.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)