Research Technical Assistant

Updated: 22 days ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD MIC - Chen Lab

About the Department

The Jueqi Chen Lab is in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Chicago. The lab’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms and functionalities of innate immunity and inflammation, with diverse approaches in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and immunology. We are broadly interested in exploring how the host defends against invasion of pathogens including viruses and bacteria, and in discovering potential therapeutic targets for human diseases including infections, autoimmune disorders, cancers and neurodegeneration.
Microbiology has a distinguished history at The University of Chicago. The Department of Microbiology has been home for the renowned scientists Howard Taylor Ricketts, William H. Taliaferro, Lowell T. Coggeshall, William Burrows and James Moulder. Howard Taylor Ricketts identified rickettsiae as the causative agents of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Typhus. William Taliaferro and Lowell Coggeshall, both members of the National Academy of Sciences, served as Chairman of the Department and eventually Deans of the Division of Biological Sciences. Successive editions of Burrows' Medical Microbiology were the standard textbook of medical schools for decades. Jim Moulder was chairman of the Department of Microbiology and a leader in chlamydial research. Bernard Roizman, the Joseph Regenstein Distinguished Service University Professor, trained students and fellows in Virology beginning in 1965. Roizman and colleagues established the modern field of Herpesviruses and nurtured its intellectual leaders. More than 200 graduate students received a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Chicago. We are very proud of our graduates, many of whom have achieved national recognition or even world fame. 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 provides basic technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Complies with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • Performs laboratory organization, ordering and record-keeping. Assists in preparation of common reagents.

  • Develops and performs assays.

  • Establishes and cultures mammalian cell lines.

  • Performs molecular cloning and PCR.

  • Performs expression and purification of proteins.

  • Performs cell biology imaging experiments (fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy).

  • Performs work in Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) conditions and animal facilities.

  • Collaborates and communicates with other lab members.

  • This job provides technical and administrative support in a laboratory environment performing basic laboratory techniques, research and analysis under direction.

  • Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • 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


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Biological or Chemical Science.


  • Working experience in one of the following fields: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, or microbiology.

  • Knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint​.

Working Conditions

  • Lab Environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (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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Individual Contributor

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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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