Research Scientist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023


BSD E&E - Administration

About the Department

In the Pascual Lab in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at The University of Chicago, we study the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases from a theoretical and computational perspective. We address the role of environmental drivers, in particular climate factors, in the population dynamics of vector-borne and water-borne infections. We also address the interplay of transmission dynamics and evolutionary change in the strain diversity of pathogens. We are interested in the vast genetic variation underlying strain structure and diversity in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum in high transmission settings. We are addressing this structure, as well as its consequences for the response of the transmission system, and for the resilience of the reservoir of infection, to intervention.

Job Summary

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.


  • 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


  • Doctoral degree in Evolutionary, Functional, and Community Ecology, and Community Ecology.


  • Experience with modeling and theory in Ecology & Epidemiology
  • Extensive knowledge of malaria epidemiology, population genetics of Plasmodium falciparum, and molecular biology of the parasite (including the multigene family know as var in this parasite).

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong programming skills in Python, Julia or C++, R, and Shell
  • Extensive skills and knowledge in next generation sequencing data analysis
  • Strong skills in using geographic information system software (ArcGIS)
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to set and keep deadlines

Working Conditions

  • Ability to stand for extended periods.

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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