Plant Biology Laboratory Technician

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


PSD Chemistry: Faculty Support

About the Department

One of the first departments founded at the University of Chicago was the Department of Chemistry. Since then, The University of Chicago has been the recipient of more than 73 Nobel Prize recipients, 15 of which came from the Department of Chemistry. Our current faculty have considerable strength in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary research that delves into biology, physics, and materials science.

Job Summary

The principal contribution of a Plant Biology Laboratory Technician is to assist the leading scientists in the group of Plant Molecular Biology in the Chuan He Lab. The He Lab develops novel genome-wide epigenetic and epitranscriptomic mapping technologies with direct translational applications.
The background needed to assist in this research includes molecular biology and plant biology. This individual will conduct research activities that concern genetic transformation, growth, and genetic characterization in plants.


  • Conducts genetic crossing of Arabidopsis, rice, maize, and soybean.
  • Establishes a plant transformation platform under the supervision of PI.
  • Transcribes genotyping of transgenic plants.
  • Planting and taking care of the plants for research purposes.
  • Assists lab members in preparing and conducting experiments.
  • Performs and follows established lab procedures or protocols.
  • Provides assistance to the supervisor with research projects.
  • Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision.
  • Collects and enters data. Assists in the analysis of data and with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, and other documents.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

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



Preferred Qualifications


  • B.S. in Biology, Plant Biology, or Molecular Biology.


  • Work with molecular biology, plant biology, or related fields.
  • Work with plant specimens.
  • Genomics.

Preferred Competencies

  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Working Conditions

  • Wet laboratory environment.
  • Standard Office environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • References (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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