Laboratory Technician

Jun 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME), established in 2011 by the University of Chicago in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, is a transformational academic unit exploring the intersection of science and engineering. IME explores innovative technologies that address fundamental societal problems through advances in nanoscale manipulation and design on a molecular scale. IME is the largest new academic program that the University has started since 1988.

Unit Job Summary: The Esser-Kahn Lab is seeking a Laboratory Technician for assistance in research on innate immunity work to begin 10/1/2017 or later within the Institute for Molecular Engineering and the School of Medicine. Seeking a technician with two plus years of experience in immunological experiments focused on vaccine and innate immune responses. Familiarity with the following techniques will be viewed as advantageous: flow cytometry, vaccination and mouse models of infectious disease, challenge with viral and bacterial agent, ELISA, ELI-SPOT, image stream analysis, confocal microscopy (live cell imaging), antibody staining, immunohistochemistry, and molecular biology, qPCR, next generation sequencing, tissue and lymph dissection. In addition, applicant must be familiar with flow cytometry and basic statistical analysis using R Prism and FlowJo software. Lack of knowledge of any single software package will not be viewed as an issue. Understanding of chemistry and chemical biology is a plus though not required for employment. Also viewed as a positive, previously part of a group working closely with graduate students and post docs teaching aforementioned techniques to others, critical thinking, and data analysis. Salary is commensurate with experience and expertise. Relocation expenses to Chicago are negotiable. Applicants should include CV, cover letter, publications included as an author, and letters of recommendation from three researchers who can speak directly to your performance(preferably from the PI in who's lab you have worked).

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant research experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

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