Research Specialist I

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Hyde Park Campus

34465 Inst For Molecular Engineering

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Job Summary:

The Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago is looking for exceptional candidates to join a dynamic research team developing experimental and computational approaches to investigate the mammalian immune system. The successful candidate will play a key role in characterizing how the immune system functions so as to manipulate it in health and disease. The position will become available in June 2018 or later in the lab of Nicolas Chevrier ( ), and a 2-year minimum commitment is required (with possible extension).

Emphasis will be twofold: (1) basic molecular biology and cellular immunology techniques in vitro and in vivo, and (2) next-generation sequencing-based technologies to perform genome-scale measurements of gene expression or other parameters. Basic molecular biology techniques will include bench-level experiments including DNA cloning, sequencing, PCR, DNA/RNA/protein isolation, genomic and/or cDNA library construction, and vector construction applied to cell lines and primary cultures from mouse and human. Importantly, there will be ample opportunity to learn about experimental methods and develop new protocols by working closely with the principal investigator and members of the lab.

Additionally, the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago provides a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment with close links to top academic and industrial institutions across the Chicago Area and provides the potential for your contributions to be used and recognized worldwide. The candidate will add to this environment and the Chevrier lab with flexibility, creativity, scientific agility, self-motivation, and strong communication skills.


  • Carries out small independent projects as well as basic bench level experiments and techniques.
  • Documents, compiles, and assists with interpreting experimental data and adjusting experimental protocols.
  • Reports data to supervisor and team, attends team meetings to share results, plan projects and experiments, and ensures that projects support current team goals.
  • Consults with other scientists or scientific literature as needed.
  • Assists with training new lab members and interns.
  • Assists with lab supply duties: prepares, orders, and maintains stocks of reagents, solutions and other supplies as needed.
  • Interacts with vendors to address equipment, reagent, or supply solutions. Works with all levels of staff to assist in evaluating new equipment.
  • Other related tasks as required.

  • Must possess a familiarity with basic molecular biology techniques, sterile techniques, and the operation of standard lab equipment.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and with external contacts in a fast-paced environment required.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment to handle a variety of tasks and to shift priorities simultaneously, as well as to effectively solve problems and troubleshoot.
  • Previous experience with mouse husbandry and extraction of tissues is preferred, but not required..
  • Knowledge of immunology is a plus but not required. Inclination to acquire such knowledge is.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required in a field relevant to the research being conducted.

  • Must possess experience in a research laboratory, preferably in an independent project.

Technical Knowledge or Skills
  • Excellent knowledge of computers required, and basic programming skills preferred but not required.

Required Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, and Reference list

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position

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

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 3/3/2018
Application Due: 4/8/2018
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