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University of Chicago MS Lab Assistant in Chicago, Illinois

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22252 Chemistry

About the Unit

The Mass Spectrometry Facility at the University of Chicago is seeking a Lab Assistant to assist the Director of the Facility with the daily activities of the open-access facility devoted to both small and larger molecule characterization and quantitation. The Facility currently consists of 12 state-of-the-art instruments covering a wide variety of chromatography and mass spectrometry platforms of GC, HPLC, GCMS, LCMS and MALDI-Tof. Under limited directions, the Lab Assistant will independently perform the duties and tasks required for the efficient operations of the Facility. This position offers a good opportunity to the successful candidate to develop knowledge and skills in Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry.

Job Family


Responsible 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


Oversees 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.

T2: Expands skills in own work area within an analytical/scientific method or operational process. Maintains appropriate licenses, training and/or certifications, as needed. Applies experience and skills to complete assigned work within our area of expertise. Works within standard operating procedures and/or scientific methods. Works with a moderate degree of supervision.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Provides technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Assists with the installation, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) May assist recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Is developing skills in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Organize and order laboratory supplies, reagents, chemicals and gases.

2) Maintain and check laboratory processes, safety gears, disposals, equipment, instruments and computers.

3) Perform instrument repairs and services.

4) Tune and calibrate instruments as scheduled or as needed.

5) Train and help users in using instruments and operating in the Facility.

6) Maintain user logs, instrument logs, system logs, data backups and system backups.

7) Conduct other duties signed by the Director of the Facility.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Self-motivated, well organized, problem solving and attention to details.

2) Multiple tasks and effectively manage priority and time.

3) Learn new research techniques or methods.

4) Follow instructions and work independently and as part of a team.

5) Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry coursework.

6) Laboratory coursework in chemistry or biochemistry.

7) Strong computer and networking skills.

8) Oral and written communication skills.

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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s degree. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, computer science or related.


1) Any GCMS, LCMS, GC, LC, TLC and MALDI experiences.

2) Computer hardware and software installation and updates including networking setup experiences.

3) Significant chemical or biological laboratory experiences.

Technical knowledge and skills

1) Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry coursework.

2) Laboratory coursework in chemistry or biochemistry.

3) Strong computer and networking skills.

4) Oral and written communication skills.

Required Documents

1) Curriculum Vita

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information of three References

4) Complete transcripts (unofficial transcripts may be submitted).

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


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Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity/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.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

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  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Full time
  • JR05973