Research Support Assistant

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD PAT - Esterhazy Lab

About the Department

The lab studies how immune homeostasis is maintained in the digestive system, and how its failure can lead to diseases such as food allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), autoimmune diseases and cancer. In particular, the lab explores immunologically distinct niches within the digestive system, studies how they are created by dietary, commensal colonization and infection history in the course of a lifetime, and what the systemic impact of each niche may be. We are analyzing the impact on the innate and adaptive immune system at the physiological, cellular and molecular level. 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 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. This is a unique opportunity to participate in building a new research group. Under supervision, the Research Support Assistant performs and assists with immunology and metabolism experiments and bioinformatic analysis of gene expression experiments; independently manages mouse colony breeding and genotyping; participates in laboratory meetings regarding current research and other lab activities; and assists with organizing laboratory, ordering supplies, and training of lab members.


  • Performs and assists with immunology and metabolism experiments under supervision of principal investigator, postdoctoral researcher or graduate student.
  • Assists with experiments that involve transgenic mouse colony breeding and genotyping; bioinformatic analysis of gene expression experiments.
  • Participates in laboratory meetings regarding current research and other lab activities.
  • Assists with organizing laboratory and ordering supplies.
  • Maintains a safe environment for others and self; adheres to safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
  • Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
  • 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.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

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



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree.


  • Research lab environment.
  • Basic immunology coursework.
  • Skill in mouse breeding and genotype analysis.
  • Computer proficiency.

Preferred Competencies

  • Interact with a diverse workforce.
  • Manage deadlines.
  • Work as a member of a team as well as independently.
  • Analytical thinking.

Working Conditions

  • Work in a competitive environment with the mental demands of scientific experiments.
  • Regularly required to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Visual acuity is an essential element of this position.
  • May be required to walk for prolonged periods.
  • Job involves frequent exposure to live mice and rats.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV(required)

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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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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