Sr. Staff Scientist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD MIC - Khader Lab

About the Department

The Department of Microbiology faculty researches a vast array of bacteria and viruses. We are a community of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students, and staff committed to research and education in the field of microbiology. Our faculty conduct interdisciplinary research that advances the study of microbes and microbial diseases. Basic research in Microbiology underwrites out effort for eradication of important pathogens, prevention of human diseases, development of gene therapies and the evolution of new strategies for personalized medicine. We are also committed to training the next generation of scientists. 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 develops and implements programs to promote a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource.


  • Will perform experiments and performing analysis utilizing advanced microbiology and immunology skills in cloning, genetic manipulations, data analysis, statistical analysis, animal infections, ELISA assays, cell culture and primary cell growth, handling of human blood, cell sorting, fluorescent microscopy, biochemistry, and protein purification.

  • Will perform this work in a BSL3 environment.

  • Serves as a resource for collecting data and performing analysis. Facilitates and promotes a research project by providing scientific or intellectual information.

  • Develops laboratory protocols and training on new techniques. Manage, analyze and make recommendations on complex data sets for research.

  • Creates first drafts for scientific writing and publications, including protocols and grants.

  • Trains and mentors laboratory personnel.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience working with animals.

  • Experience in cloning, genetic manipulations, data analysis, statistical analysis, animal infections, ELISA assays, cell culture and primary cell growth, handling of human blood, cell sorting, fluorescent microscopy, biochemistry, and protein purification.

  • High level of competence to design and independently carry out experimental assays and studies.

  • Oversight of compliance including biosafety and lab safety policies and procedures.

  • High level thinking with respect to designing scientific hypothesis and proposing experimental design to test the hypothesis.​

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.

Job Family


Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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