Adjunct Assistant Professor, Resuscitation Institute

  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • North Chicago, IL
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


Position Summary

To join a mature research lab at the Resuscitation Institute (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, RFUMS) with a long history of productive basic and preclinical research on life-threatening events including cardiac arrest, hemorrhagic shock, and septic shock conducted in acute and survival swine models.

The position requires assuming a supervisory "hands on" responsibility of experiments conducted in various animal models including rat and swine models with special initial focus on a newly developed swine model of septic shock and in a well-established swine model of cardiac arrest and resuscitation.

The selected candidate is also expected to work on additional areas of research that may involve cell culture, molecular and analytical techniques, imaging, and blood analysis from the intact animal projects to name a few.

The selected candidate is also expected to pursue academic development through grant application, preparation of manuscripts, and teach and mentor medical students rotating through the Resuscitation Institute.

Who We Are

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) is a graduate health sciences university committed to serving the population through the interprofessional education of health and biomedical professionals and the discovery of knowledge dedicated to improving wellness. The university embodies the spirit of inquiry and excellence modeled by its namesake Dr. Rosalind Franklin, whose Photo 51 was crucial to solving the structure of DNA. 

Today, the university's 6 colleges continue Dr Franklin's legacy through rigorous academics, pioneering research, and innovative community service. Our unique interprofessional education model allows students to learn from and with each other in a variety of settings, including our simulation labs, the student-led Interprofessional Community Clinic, and through partnerships with area hospitals and clinics. RFU is a national leader in interprofessional research and practices, and is nationally recognized for its research in areas including neuroscience, brain-related diseases, inherited disorders, proteomics, cancer cell biology and immunology, cardiac resuscitation, and gait and balance.  

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Learning and then supervising experiments in rat and swine models requiring induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, airway management, vascular catheterizations, and other model-specific surgical interventions.
  • Applying research protocols with the required scientific rigor.
  • Develop expertise with all the equipment and measurements required to conduct the experiments.
  • Perform or supervise the corresponding data analysis using software developed at the Resuscitation Institute.
  • Become an effective team player working with a bioengineered technician with expertise in the project, our molecular biologist who oversees regulatory aspects and participates in analytical duties of the research work, and a recently hired research technician, and medical students who volunteer to work in the research laboratory.
  • As experience develops, take a lead role in various projects, and supervise the work of the various members of the research team.
  • Working with the Principal Investigator, lead the data analysis, prepare scientific reports, submit manuscript for peer-reviewed publication, present findings at scientific events, and develop his/her own project and apply for extramural funding.
  • Teach and mentor medical student rotating through the Resuscitation Institute.

All full-time faculty members employed by RFUMS are expected to engage in activities that are considered core to their primary role as a faculty member. These activities may include teaching, scholarly activity, and service.

Teaching responsibilities vary and may include:

  • Direct instruction
  • Curriculum management
  • Assessment
  • Advising and mentoring for students

Scholarly activities vary and may include:

  • Original scholarship
  • Grant procurement
  • Research mentoring

 Service activities vary and may include internal and external contributions through:

  • Committees
  • Contributions to the profession
  • Recruitment
  • Direct patient care

Scholarly activities and/or clinical activities are negotiated and determined at the department level and are primarily based upon the faculty track.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must achieve satisfactory results from a background check
  • Must have proof of COVID 19 vaccination and booster or a university approved exemption

Required Education & Experience

  • A Master's degree in Biological Sciences with a solid understanding of cardiovascular physiology.
  • Two or more years of research experience, ideally focused on preclinical research with experience in large animal models.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledgeable of basic laboratory techniques.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and achieve success.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Proficiency in English language (i.e., speaking, reading, and writing).
  • Proficiency in various computer programs, especially those in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work/interact with diverse populations and show respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
  • Ability to work accurately and pay extreme attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to take on responsibility and plan for success.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility to adjust the working schedule to the needs of the experiments including evenings and weekends.
  • Teaching experience and track record of mentorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Biological Sciences, with a solid understanding of cardiovascular physiology, peer reviewed publication as lead or senior author and evidence of capability for applying for extramural funding.
  • Surgical experience in large animal models conducting acute experiments and experiments with recovery from anesthesia and survival.

Typical Physical Demands & Working Conditions

  • Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

EOE, Including Disability / Vets

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