Technical Assistant, Dishwasher

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023


BSD MIC - Department of Microbiology

About the Department

The discoveries of microbes and the realization that they represent causative agents of human, animal, and plant diseases have transformed biological sciences and established the very broad foundations of molecular medicine. Faculty in the Department of Microbiology research different microbes including bacteria (pathogenic Acinetobacter, Bacillus, Brucella, Legionella, Rickettsia, Staphylococcus, Yersinia, and commensal species) and viruses (Hepatitis C, Dengue Fever, Measles, Influenza, and several murine retroviruses). In collaboration with the Duchossois Family Institute (Harnessing the Microbiome and Immunity for Human Health), the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and U. Chicago Medicine, our faculty investigate the organizing principles of the microbiome, its role in maintaining health and preventing disease, and the development of novel therapies. 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. It complies with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. It assists with drafting presentations of research findings.


  • This position will be responsible for collecting, washing, sterilizing, re-stocking, and safe handling of laboratory glassware, dishes, and test tubes used for research and experimental purposes.

  • Provides basic assistance to the operations of faculty laboratories ensuring compliance with standard safety procedures.

  • Cleans and performs basic maintenance on autoclaves.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • Working experience in a lab environment.

Working Conditions

  • Requires excellent manual dexterity, requires the ability to lift 20 lbs and push/pull up to 50 lbs.

  • Requires the ability to stand for long periods of time.

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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Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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