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University of Chicago Research Specialist I in Chicago, Illinois

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20140 Microbiology

About the Unit

Microbes - microscopic lifeforms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi - are the most abundant species on our planet. Microbes underwrite the earth's ecosystem, colonize humans and animals and sustain their physiology, invade susceptible hosts to cause illness or death, and represent an inexhaustible source of discovery and engineering tools for research and translational opportunity. To illustrate the point: CRISPR-Cas, the bacterial immune system recognizing DNA, can be engineered in ingenious ways to generate mutations in cells of all living organisms and represents a technological platform wherewith humans correct inborn errors of their germline or cancers. To meet their mission of research, education, and translational opportunity, Universities and Medical schools everywhere sustain programs in microbiology. Recognizing this, the University of Chicago established the Department of Microbiology in 2004. The Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTRL) is one of 13 Regional Biocontainment facilities located throughout the United States constructed by partnerships between the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and local academic institutions. Construction of the Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory was completed in 2009 by the University of Chicago. The HTRL is located on the campus of the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, approximately 20 miles from the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. The HTRL provides state of the art Level 3 biocontainment facilities for conducting laboratory and animal research on biodefense-related and emerging infectious diseases.

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.

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) Supplemental research activities: Maintain detailed records of experimental data and generate reports/presentations for periodic lab discussions. Read and keep abreast of scientific and technical literature.

2) Lab maintenance: Assist with general lab duties: make common buffers, agar plates, maintain laboratory rooms and equipment, order and stock laboratory supplies, etc.

Unit-preferred Competencies 1) Analytical skills. 2) Problem-solving skills. 3) Attention to detail. 4) Organizational skills. 5) Verbal and written communication skills. 6) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

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 Education 1) Bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related field.

Experience 1) Undergraduate laboratory work experience. 2) Knowledge of basic chemistry, buffer prep, and calculations. 3) Knowledge of research techniques or methods. 4) Familiarity with standard lab equipment.

Required Documents 1) Cover letter 2) Resume/CV 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.

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  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Full time
  • JR06092