Staff Scientist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2023


BSD MED - Gastroenterology -Transplant

About the Department

The Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology at The University of Chicago is consistently ranked among the best specialty nationally by U.S News and World Report. With nearly 30 specialists on staff, our program plays a leading role in the understanding of digestive diseases and in developing innovative and successful treatments for patients. Since forming the nation’s first full-time department of gastroenterology in 1927, our physicians have continually improved treatments for digestive tract and related disorders by combining medical research, education, and patient care at the highest level.

Job Summary

The Chang and Charlton Lab is looking for a Staff Scientist to work on the conduct, analysis and interpretation of large genomic datasets for research projects aimed at understanding the contribution of gut microbiota to metabolic and intestinal diseases.


  • Plans, executes, facilitates and advances technical/scientific research projects, with a focus on metabolic dysfunction associated steatotic liver disease.
  • Designs, develops and executes experimental protocols for research, including empirical protocols, computational, statistical methods, etc.
  • Collaborates with other researchers as appropriate.
  • May take on lab-wide responsibilities such as mouse colony management.
  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports, and co-authors scientific research manuscripts.
  • May supervise other research staff.
  • May present work at scientific meetings, and provide peer review of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.
  • The individual in this role will be involved in all aspects of the design, development, implementation, and analysis of research projects focused on inflammatory bowel/metabolic disease.
  • 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.
  • 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 biological sciences or related field.


  • Developing and implementing genomic data set protocols.
  • Assisting in the training, a strong publication record, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research.
  • Experience in biology lab work and cell/tissue/animal models.

Preferred Competencies

  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Connect with diverse groups of people and personalities as might be encountered in the patient population is essential.
  • Adaptability and willingness to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities.
  • Effective time-management skills.
  • Curiosity about science and medicine is very important.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

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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Health Screen Required


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