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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research - Arms & Hands Lab

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
The Loop, IL
Closing date
Feb 23, 2024

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Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type
By joining our team, you'll be part of our life-changing Mission and Vision. You'll work in a truly inclusive environment where diversity and equity are championed through words and actions. You'll contribute to an innovative culture that is second to none, one that embraces curiosity, discovery and compassion. You'll play a role in something that's never been done before as we integrate science and clinical care to help patients achieve better, faster outcomes - as we Advance Human Ability, together.

Job Description Summary

The Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills - turning a key, picking up a pen, putting on a sweater ... all the many things we do with our hands, arms and fingers.

The Harris Family Foundation Arms + Hands Lab spans two floors in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (21-22), which are connected by a therapeutic, practical and graceful flight of stairs. In this Lab patients, doctors and researchers work on advancing hand function and movement, body and upper-limb coordination, strength, reaching and hand control (including individual finger manipulation). Therapeutic care and scientific interventions include one-on-one and group therapeutic activities.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research will assist in the design, development, execution, and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, and Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Job Description

The Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research will:

* Ensures the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team.

* Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products.

* Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.

* Assists with development of collaborative projects within and outside the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and test ideas for new projects development.

* Applies for fellowships and grants for external lab funding and career development.

* Participates weekly lab meetings, journal clubs and seminars.

* Builds and maintains a well-organized and accountable journal of own laboratory protocols, experiments, results and analyses.

* Develops, submits and publishes results of research projects scientific journals and presents data to public conferences/seminars when needed.

* Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Reporting Relationships

* Reports directly to assigned Research Scientist or Principal Investigator.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

* Requires the academic knowledge associated with a doctorate degree

* Typically, less than 4 years of postdoctoral training.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

* General knowledge or interest in rehabilitation and specific knowledge in biomedical or clinical principles.

* Strong interpersonal and organizational skills needed to participate as a creative member of a growing research team.

* Ability to exchange ideas and to work closely with clinicians, patients and professional organizations.

* Willingness to network within the Institute and to independently strengthen/develop new external collaborations.

* Ability to timely plan and to coordinate project completions.

Working Conditions

* Normal office environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Equal Employment Opportunity

ShirleyRyan AbilityLab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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