Research Technician

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2023


BSD MED - Pulmonary - Adegunsoye Research Staff

About the Department

The Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine has been a model of exemplary patient care, research, and post-doctoral training for more than 20 years. The 30 faculty, clinical associates and research associates along with a staff of more than 72, have devoted themselves to the pursuit of excellence in each of these important activities.

Job Summary

The Research Technician provides technical and administrative support for a research project. Performs experiments in a pulmonary/genetics lab on genetic and epigenetic changes in human tissue. This exciting research focuses on using advanced genetic and genomic platforms, in conjunction with basic cell/molecular biology techniques to provide novel insight into the mechanisms underlying pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis.


  • Perform lab techniques such as DNA/RNA isolation, bulk RNAseq, scRNAseq, and CRISPR/Cas9 technology, qRT-PCR, western blot analysis, flow cytometry, and cell/tissue culture.

  • Perform eQTL analysis of genetic loci in alveolar cells, macrophages, and PBMC.

  • Perform transfection and generation of differentiated pulmonary cell types from PBMCs.

  • Collects and maintains data and/or specimens.

  • Analyzes data.

  • Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Maintains and orders equipment and supplies.

  • Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates.

  • May orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students.

  • Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: May assist in recruiting and scheduling research subjects; consent research subjects, assist with developing or amending study protocols; assist with developing data collection tools; assist with building databases; extract data from electronic medical record for entry into databases; and provide general administrative support.

  • Setting up and performing experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.

  • 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.

  • 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 in Biological Sciences or related field.


  • Relevant research experience.

  • Experience with qRT-PCR, and cell culture.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Problem-solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to understand complex documents.

  • Ability to handle competing demands with diplomacy and enthusiasm.

  • Ability to absorb large amounts of information quickly.

  • Adaptability to changing working situations and work assignments.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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