Research Associate at Tempus (Chicago, IL)

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Passionate about precision medicine and advancing the healthcare industry?

With the advent of genomic sequencing, we can finally decode and process our genetic makeup. In recent years, we have gained a deeper understanding of the role of gene expression in cancer and other human disease processes. Here at Tempus, we believe the greatest promise for the detection and treatment of cancer lies in the deep understanding of molecular activity for disease initiation, progression, and efficacious treatment based on the discovery of unique biomarkers.

We're on a mission to connect an entire ecosystem to redefine how genomic data is used in clinical settings. We're looking to build a laboratory team who are passionate and focused on developing state of the art techniques for creating, processing and interpreting vast amounts of genomic and molecular data.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop new assays, including but not limited to STARR-seq and candidate enhancer reporter assays. 

  • Maintain cell culture and organoid models of human disease. 

  • Perform routine testing, quality control, calibration, maintenance and proficiency testing in accordance with current laboratory procedures.

  • Perform complex molecular-based procedures with a high degree of quality and in accordance with established protocols.

  • Perform routine molecular biology tasks, including nucleic acid extraction, DNA/RNA quantification and qualification, NGS library preparation, transfection, molecular cloning, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, Western blot analysis, RT-qPCR.

  • Sterilize laboratory equipment and workspaces as assigned. Maintain consistently high biosafety standards. 

  • Obtain 12 continuing education hours in the field of oncology or molecular biology.

  • Maintain competency to perform all assigned molecular biology protocols in accordance with CAP, CLIA, NYSDOH regulations.


Must have:

  • One of the following educational requirements:

    • MS in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical or biological science and 2 year pertinent clinical or biomedical laboratory experience with molecular biology

    • BS in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical or biological science and 3 years of pertinent clinical or biomedical lab experience in molecular biology

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work with others to plan and carry out scientific programs and experiments

  • Self-driven and works well in an interdisciplinary team with minimal direction

  • Strong desire to build products that will save lives and change the course of cancer

  • Impeccable attention to detail

Highly Desirable:

  • Experience with STARR-seq, MPRA, or other gene expression reporter assays

  • Experience with organoid culture

  • Experience designing and optimizing new assays

  • Experience with next-generation sequencing

  • Work in a CLIA/CAP high-complexity laboratory

  • Knowledge of LIMS platforms and various computer systems

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What are Tempus Perks + Benefits

Tempus Benefits Overview

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Short Term Disability Insurance
Flexible Spending Account
Commuter Benefits
Parental Leave
Charitable Matching Program
Mental Health Support Platform
Pet Insurance
Company Cafeteria with Breakfast, Lunch & Grab & Go Options
Stocked Kitchen with Snacks
On-Site Barista
Discounted Gym Membership
Discounted Divvy Membership
Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Team & Company Outings

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning

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