Research Analyst

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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


BSD E&E - Cobey Lab

About the Department

The Department of Ecology and Evolution hosts diverse faculty and student interests in the ecological and evolutionary processes that underlie patterns of life on earth. The research interests of our faculty include population genetics, molecular evolution, quantitative genetics, animal behavior, plant and animal ecology, evolutionary theory, systematic paleontology, and related subjects. A common theme in E&E is the application of quantitative techniques and current technologies to probe the conceptual foundations of ecology and evolution.

Researchers in E&E apply empirical and theoretical approaches across a wide variety of microbes, plants, and animals. While some research is focused on demystifying the ever-increasing genomic databases for diverse taxa, other researchers probe the factors that define species or make use of field experiments to understand species interactions and fates. Our focus is on the importance of basic science, while we also work to see sound applications of our research in the areas of genetically modified organisms, resource management, climate change, and the genetics of disease.

Job Summary

The Cobey Lab in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at The University of Chicago is seeking a Research Analyst to assist our quantitative Computational Research Scientists working on multiple projects. Projects include (a) modeling the longitudinal dynamics of individual immune responses, (b) examining variability in individuals’ responses, and (c) improving methods to measure vaccine effectiveness. These projects involve close collaboration with epidemiologists, immunologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, including through the NIH-funded Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Consortium (CIVIC), the Centers for Excellence in Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR), and other NIH-funded research projects.


  • Perform reproducible computational and statistical analyses related to the lab’s research, under PI and Research Scientist(s) guidance.

  • Assist in summarizing research results in writing (scientific publications, progress reports) and in oral presentations at meetings and conferences.

  • Assists to develop new statistical and programming skills and expertise with literature relevant to lab research projects.

  • Collaborate with the PI and lab team in setting project goals and coordinating research with investigators outside the lab.

  • 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.

  • 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 Competencies

  • Strong quantitative skills, including in statistical inference.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Commitment to rigorous and reproducible research.

  • Experience managing projects including delivering results on deadline.

Working Conditions

  • The role requires the ability to travel to meetings in the United States and abroad, including occasional lab retreats and meetings. This position is local to Chicago, IL. (Travel expenses for research meetings outside Chicago will be covered).

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required) describing qualifications and research interests

  • 3 references and their contact information

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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