Research Scientist – Clinical Faculty
Research | Rush University Medical Center – Chicago | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center, nationally recognized in patient care, education, and research, is currently recruiting a Research Scientist. This position requires a Ph.D. degree.

The Department seeks applications from candidates with expertise in a rehabilitation related field (e.g. Musculoskeletal/Spine, Neuroscience, and Cancer). Other areas of interest include outcomes research or health services research. This is a unique opportunity for a post-doctorate fellow or faculty to join a team of expert clinicians.

Preferred Skills & Knowledge

  • Ph.D. Degree with expertise in a rehabilitation related field (e.g. Musculoskeletal/Spine,    Neuroscience, and Cancer).
  • Other areas of interest include outcomes research and health equity research.
  • Research training in analysis of human diseases with bioinformatics skills.
  • Innovator in discoveries to improve patient care, resident, fellow, and medical student       education, and scholarly activities that advance clinical and translational medicine.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to enhance research culture in the   department and develop strong working relationships and support team members.
  • Educator to convey principles of research development, grant writing, publishing/disseminating
  • Experience in collaborating with communities and stake holders
  • Commitment to evaluating inter-departmental collaborations.

Job Duties

  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, directs and personally participates in major medical or scientific research projects, including development and implementation of research protocols.
  • Selects key research personnel; determines specific goals or objectives to be attained; assigns and reviews work of subordinates.
  • Reviews and analyzes resulting research data, revises techniques, or approaches to work problems as indicated as necessary by research data.
  • Compiles, writes, and submits project results to principal investigator or department chairperson.
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of research papers, reports, and abstracts for publication as one of co-authors.
  • Designs, develops or adapts equipment used in experiments or research to obtain desired results.
  • Apply for sources of internal and external funding.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at national and international conferences to large audiences.
  • Plans and supervises training of technicians and other laboratory personnel as needed
  • Confers with industrial, governmental, or other groups concerning progress or results of   research project.
  • Supervises large group of employees engaged in performance of technical and professional work, which varies from routine to complex laboratory work tasks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience and Education

  • Ph.D. degree with major coursework in field of assignment and six (6) years research experience in field of assignment, including at least one (1) year at level of Research Scientist or equivalent.

Rush University System for Health is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the individuals and the diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships. Rush includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. Rush University Medical Center is an elite medical community recognized for excellence in patient care, medical discovery and clinical expertise. Our continued pursuits have earned Rush University Medical Center the distinction of being on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2022-2023. This places the Medical Center amongst the top 20 of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated. U.S. News & World Report has also recognized ten Rush programs amongst the nation’s best, including top ten national rankings for neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics. These accolades, along with many others that include a decade of Magnet® designation, reflect the collective efforts and commitment to excellence demonstrated by our physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and medical staff. Rush University Medical Center has received Vizient's Quality Leadership Award, ranking third among 99 academic medical centers across the country. All three Rush University System for Health hospitals have earned the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation in the Healthcare Equality Index.


Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or Protected Veteran status.


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Why Rush?

Best HospitalsRush University Medical Center is an elite medical community recognized for excellence in patient care, medical discovery and clinical expertise. Our continued pursuits have earned Rush University Medical Center the distinction of being on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2020-2021. This places the Medical Center amongst the top 20 of the 3,000 hospitals evaluated. U.S. News & World Report has also recognized 11 Rush programs amongst the nation’s best, including top five national rankings for orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

These accolades, along with many others that include a decade of Magnet® designation, are a reflection of the collective efforts and commitment to excellence demonstrated by our physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and medical staff.

Diversity

Rush is united by diversity, inclusion and a commitment to health equity. Rush is also a perennial “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

Quality of life

Chicago offers an excellent selection of homes in downtown, suburban and rural locations, as well as public and private schools and colleges. Local museums, entertainment, culture and the arts are world-class. Celebrated restaurants, craft breweries and local distilleries abound.

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Research at Rush

Rush is currently involved in more than 1,600 research studies, many NIH-funded. Rush’s long tradition of discovery dates back to determining the causes of scarlet fever, heart attacks and sickle cell anemia. Today we’re also leaders in neurosciences, cancer, immunology, infection, regenerative medicine and more. Join us in spearheading life-changing research at the national level.

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