Research Professional

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
 

BSD PAT - Gajewski Lab


About the Department
 

The Gajewski laboratory pursues research in anti-tumor immunity and cancer immunotherapy. Experimental approaches span basic studies in T cell biology, in vivo models of anti-tumor immunity, and translational studies in cancer patients. Major questions are focused on mechanisms of success versus failure of immunotherapies in order to improve therapeutic efficacy further. A major discriminator is the composition of the gut microbiome. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


Job Summary
 

The job performs routine assignments that facilitate and promote a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource. Receives instruction, guidance, and direction from others. The overall goals of the project are to understand the mechanisms by which the gut microbiota influences anti-tumor immunity, and to identify bacterial strains that either potentiate or inhibit immunotherapy against cancer. The work, therefore, utilizes mouse models of anti-tumor immunity, germ-free mice in the gnotobiotic facility, and patient-derived stool samples. Bacterial culture and genomic sequencing, bioinformatics, mass spectrometry for metabolites, and in vitro immune assays are all involved.

Responsibilities

  • Plans approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • Independently conducts experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Applies the theories and methods of a life science discipline to interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researcher.
  • Reviews literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • Contributes to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
  • Assists with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques.
  • Performs experiments and collects and analyzes data. Participates in the promotion of a research project.
  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports, and co-authors/authors scientific research manuscripts. Provides peer review of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.
  • May present work at scientific meetings.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

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Work Experience:

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

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • PhD in molecular biology, cancer biology, or immunology with post-doctoral experience in the cancer immunology field.

Experience:

  • Experience performing in vivo tumor experiments, mouse genetic mouse models, flow cytometry and similar immune assays.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of recombinant DNA technologies, microbiome studies, bacteria culture techniques.
  • Familiarity with RNA and DNA analysis, genomic sequencing, mass spectrometry.
  • Knowledge of Bioinformatics, statistics.
  • A strong background of cancer biology, microbiome, and immunology.

Preferred Competencies

  • Highly self-motivated candidate, with the ability to function independently and as part of an interactive team.
  • Dedication to basic research, a true 'drive', is important.
  • Command of written and spoken English language.

Working Conditions

  • Some work is done while standing at the bench, or sitting for prolonged periods of time at instruments.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • Research Statement (preferred)


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


Job Family
 

Research


Role Impact
 

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

40


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

Yes


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.



Department
 

BSD PAT - Gajewski Lab


About the Department
 

The Gajewski laboratory pursues research in anti-tumor immunity and cancer immunotherapy. Experimental approaches span basic studies in T cell biology, in vivo models of anti-tumor immunity, and translational studies in cancer patients. Major questions are focused on mechanisms of success versus failure of immunotherapies in order to improve therapeutic efficacy further. A major discriminator is the composition of the gut microbiome. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


Job Summary
 

The job performs routine assignments that facilitate and promote a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource. Receives instruction, guidance, and direction from others. The overall goals of the project are to understand the mechanisms by which the gut microbiota influences anti-tumor immunity, and to identify bacterial strains that either potentiate or inhibit immunotherapy against cancer. The work, therefore, utilizes mouse models of anti-tumor immunity, germ-free mice in the gnotobiotic facility, and patient-derived stool samples. Bacterial culture and genomic sequencing, bioinformatics, mass spectrometry for metabolites, and in vitro immune assays are all involved.

Responsibilities

  • Plans approach to experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory.
  • Independently conducts experiments; maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
  • Applies the theories and methods of a life science discipline to interpret and perform analyses of experiment results; offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols in collaboration with senior researcher.
  • Reviews literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and apply learnings to related research.
  • Contributes to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
  • Assists with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques.
  • Performs experiments and collects and analyzes data. Participates in the promotion of a research project.
  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports, and co-authors/authors scientific research manuscripts. Provides peer review of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.
  • May present work at scientific meetings.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

---
Work Experience:

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

---
Certifications:

---

Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • PhD in molecular biology, cancer biology, or immunology with post-doctoral experience in the cancer immunology field.

Experience:

  • Experience performing in vivo tumor experiments, mouse genetic mouse models, flow cytometry and similar immune assays.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of recombinant DNA technologies, microbiome studies, bacteria culture techniques.
  • Familiarity with RNA and DNA analysis, genomic sequencing, mass spectrometry.
  • Knowledge of Bioinformatics, statistics.
  • A strong background of cancer biology, microbiome, and immunology.

Preferred Competencies

  • Highly self-motivated candidate, with the ability to function independently and as part of an interactive team.
  • Dedication to basic research, a true 'drive', is important.
  • Command of written and spoken English language.

Working Conditions

  • Some work is done while standing at the bench, or sitting for prolonged periods of time at instruments.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • Research Statement (preferred)


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


Job Family
 

Research


Role Impact
 

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

40


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

Yes


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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