Research Laboratory Manager

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Hyde Park Campus

20144 Ecology & Evolution

About the Unit
The Department of Ecology and Evolution in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago seeks a highly motivated person who will join the Thornton Laboratory's research team studying the molecular mechanisms of protein evolution.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Research Laboratory Manager will conduct molecular and biochemical experiments in an evolutionary context, maintain an organized laboratory, work with students, staff scientists, and principle investigator to advance the laboratory's research.


  • Research: Conduct molecular and/or biochemical experiments on modern and reconstructed ancestral proteins; perform computational analyses of protein sequence evolution and structure.
  • Laboratory management: Maintain a well-stocked, organized laboratory; facilitate and participate in smooth and collegial operation of the research group; train new laboratory members in research protocols; prepare molecular reagents, solutions, cells; supervise compliance with safety requirements; oversee maintenance of equipment and instruments.

  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures 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.
  • Analytical skills required.

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in a biological science or biochemistry required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Prior experience in molecular biology required.
  • Prior laboratory management and administration experience preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of molecular biology (PCR, DNA cloning and purification, mutagenesis, library construction, transfection, transformation, sequencing); protein biochemistry (protein purification, functional and physical characterization of purified proteins, analysis of protein structure); biological data and sequence analysis.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods preferred.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of 3 references

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 Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/20/2018
Application Due: 5/19/2018
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