Research Analyst

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Lemont, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023


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 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 animal facilities.

  • Collaborates and communicates with other lab members.

  • 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


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

  • Experience in a microbiology lab with experience in genetic manipulation of bacteria and gnotobiotic mouse work

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of 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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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