Postdoctoral Fellow - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Downers Grove, Illinois
Upon Review
September 14 2017
Midwestern University
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Fellow - Pharmaceutical Sciences


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will participate in research programs of the college and is intended to be a maximum of a 3 year appointment. It is required that the individual develops or participates in a research program that leads to publications and grants for external funding and supports the mission of the college. It is expected that the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will assist students, research assistant, research associate and faculty with research activity and maintenance of college laboratories.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and develop a research project that supports the mission of the college.
  • Participate in planning and designing of experiments followed by conducting experiments in the research project. Perform analysis of the data generated and prepare presentation of the data for publications and grants.
  • Write manuscripts and grants on the above project.
  • Guide and assist students, associates and faculty in research activity.
  • Assist in maintenance of research laboratory. Implement laboratory safety protocols and animal care protocols and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as required by the college to promote research.
  • Supervise research activities and provide guidance to research assistants, technicians and associates working in the laboratory. Improve scientific knowledge of the staff so that they are clear with the objectives and goals of research programs.

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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience                                                  

A PhD or an equivalent degree in an area of medical science preferably pharmacology; experience in cell and tissue culture, in vitro and in vivo experiments, proficiency in working with laboratory animals (handling, cannulating blood vessels, collecting blood and monitoring cardiovascular and behavior functions) and/or molecular biology techniques is required. Ability and willingness to work on gene therapy and radioactive ligands is desirable; ability to maintain accurate and detailed record of experiments.

Computer Skills                                              

Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and software related to scientific literature and graphics.

Language Skills                                              

High skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations, safety rules.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, and boards of directors.

Reasoning Ability

High skills:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 

Mathematical Ability

High skills:  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

Other Skills and Ability

Applicants must possess strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; must be highly motivated, productive team players with the ability to adapt to new projects and to work on multiple projects.

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 frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms.  The employee is regularly required to sit; climb or balance; talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; taste or small.  The employee is frequently required to lift up to 10 pounds; regularly required to lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. 

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 position is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles.  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, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).

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