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University of Chicago Research Assistant in Chicago, Illinois


20120 Ben May Department

About the Unit

A Technical Research Assistant position is available in the laboratory of Shannon Elf, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research. Our laboratory investigates the biology and targeted therapy of myeloid blood cancers, particularly myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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Job Summary:

The successful applicant will work primarily with graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows in the lab conducting biochemistry, molecular biology, cell culture, and animal studies. Additionally, the applicant will provide support to the lab, including obtaining reagents, preparing samples, and organizing data.


  • Perform molecular biology and biochemical experiments with increasing independence.
  • Maintain and perform experiments with cell lines in tissue culture.
  • Pre-clinical rodent work (mice).
  • Record data and analyze results using basic statistics.
  • Help to prepare presentations and written articles for publication.
  • Prepare laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and maintain equipment.


  • Interested in the biomedical sciences and extremely self-motivated
  • Collaborative, flexible and a strong team player
  • Sound analytical and organizational skills
  • Must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks and set priorities
  • Ability to identify potential problems and trouble-shoot solutions
Additional Requirements​​

Education, Experience, or Certifications:


  • Bachelor's degree with significant biological/biochemical science coursework required.


  • Experience with techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry is desirable but not required.

Working Conditions:

  • Laboratory environment: occasionally works with radioactive isotopes, toxic chemicals, biohazards and substances emitting unpleasant odors.

Required Documents:

  • Resume
  • Curriculum Vita preferred

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

Benefit Eligibility


Pay Frequency


Pay Range

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours




Job is Exempt?


Drug Test Required?​​


Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?


Health Screen Required?​​


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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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  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Full time
  • JR03742