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Research, Technical Assistant

University of Chicago

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted June 3, 2020.

Location: Chicago,IL


20125 Pathology

About the Unit

Pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases is extremely complex. We are interested in organ-specific diseases such as autoimmune diabetes and psoriasis, and we have mouse models for both. Our studies focus on determining how T cells are initially activated in disease pathogenesis, how they home to the target organs, and how they destroy these organs. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

Job Family

ResearchResponsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job Level

ResearchOversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.T1: Entry-level position with appropriate licenses/training certifications. Has basic skills in an analytical or scientific method or operational process. Works within clearly defined standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods and adheres to quality guidelines. Work is completed with close supervision.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job provides basic technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Complies with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.1) This job provides technical and administrative support in a laboratory environment performing basic laboratory techniques, research and analysis under direction., 2) Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision., 3) Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 4) Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Perform routine and complex technical duties in an ongoing study of T cell homing.
2) Perform DNA cloning procedures, including gene-targeting, analysis of transgenic mice and knock out animals.
3) Perform surgery on mice installing windows for intravital microscopy.
4) Manage transgenic mouse colony.
5) Assist with organizing laboratory and lab records.
6) Assist with the ordering of supplies, maintenance of stock solutions.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Basic knowledge in biological or physical science.

2) Problem-solving skills.

3) Attention to detail.

4) Organizational skills.

5) Verbal and written communication skills.

6) Ability to learn new research techniques or methods.

7) Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

8) A strong work ethic and commitment to timely delivery of results is essential.

9) Proficient in word processing.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Physical Science.


1) Prior lab experience.

2) Experience with transgenic mouse colony.

Required Documents

1) Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Date


Remove from Posting On or Before


Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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