Research Lab Technologist

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-18
Req: JR04638
Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

Department23319 Inst For Mind & Biology

About the UnitThe Institute for Mind and Biology is comprised of eight faculty Members from the Departments of Comparative Human Development and Psychology. In addition to their department appointments, Members contribute significantly to the University's interdisciplinary approach to Neuroscience and Committees on Computational Neuroscience, Evolutionary Biology, Integrative Neuroscience, and Neurobiology. Members also collaborate with other faculty at UChicago in the Biological Sciences Division and Division of the Social Sciences as well as colleagues from around the globe. The London Lab is interested in how the brain develops, especially how early experience can alter neural function and behavior. The lab uses the zebra finch songbird as her model system because males can learn their song during only one period in development (females cannot sing). The London Lab applies molecular and genomic tools in combination with behavioral manipulations to uncover neural processes that promote and limit the ability of young zebra finches to acquire song. This strategy allows one to discover mechanisms that may also be involved in human speech acquisition and other developmentally learned behaviors.

Job FamilyResearch

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 LevelResearch

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.

P1: Performs routine assignments in the entry level to a professional job progression. Typically requires a college or university degree or the equivalent work experience that provides knowledge and exposure to fundamental theories, principles and concepts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. Receives instruction, guidance and direction from others.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

1) Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field, 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Additional Responsibilities

1) Daily checks for young animals, marking and recordkeeping of individual birds, maintaining inventory of food and supplies, and interacting with building and veterinary personnel.

2) Assist with lab setup and supply ordering, managing chemical and safety records and compliance; tracking inventory of supplies, reagents and equipment; and maintaining lab organization and cleanliness.

3) Coordination and execution of all facets of an experiment that may include several different methodologies.  Duties include preparation of the experimental setup, behavioral testing or training of individual animals, assisting with surgical procedures, monitoring animal health, tissue collection and processing with molecular and epigenomic/genomic techniques.  Behavioral techniques require regimented and accurate exposure to experience, video and sound recording acquisition, and detailed record keeping.  Molecular and epigenomic/genomic techniques require appropriate treatment of animals and tissue, coordination of multistep procedures, employment of various data capture strategies and detailed recording keeping.  Intellectual contributions will include the primary analysis of data (video, sound, molecular, genomic) and active discussions about data interpretation with members of the lab.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Communicate Effectively & With Influence

2) Lead Performance & Flawless Execution

3) Ensure Decision Quality, Accountability & Drive Results

4) Effectively Manage Performance of Self & Team

5) Foster Partnership & Collaboration

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1)Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biological Sciences or related field.


1)A minimum of two years of relevant research experience.

2)Prior experience working with animals and animal behavior.

3)Prior experience with basic molecular biology.

Technical Knowledge, Skills, or Certifications

1)Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

2)Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

3)Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedure.

4)Ability to train others.

Working Conditions

1)Laboratory environment

2)Exposure to laboratory chemicals

3)Exposure to laboratory animals (birds)

4)Exposure to vertebrate animal blood, vertebrate animal blood components, and/or products made from vertebrate animal blood

5)Ability to sit for up to 2 hours

6)Ability to use computers extensively for up to 2 hours

Required Documents

1)Cover Letter

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

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-04-18-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-10-18-07:00

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Posted: 4/19/2019
Application Due: 6/22/2019
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