Research Specialist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Lemont, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023


BSD MIC - Missiakas Lab

About the Department

Members of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Chicago (microbiology.uchicago.edu) investigate the basic principles of microbial interactions with their hosts. Research topics include the study of viral and bacterial pathogens to better understand disease outcomes and improve therapies. Members of the Department also investigate the contribution of the microbiome in maintaining health and preventing disease, and to derive novel therapies. 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

This job provides technical support in scientific research projects. Research Specialists are responsible for executing projects, maintaining a daily notebook of research activity, writing reports to summarize data, and presenting research data.


  • Perform experimental and animal research in Biosafety Level 2 or 3 laboratories under supervision.

  • Perform basic cell and molecular biology experiments including growing bacterial and mammalian cultures, cloning, as well as performing genetic manipulations, microscopy, biochemistry, and purification of proteins.

  • Perform data collection and data analysis.

  • Collaborate and communicate with other laboratory members.

  • Write concise research notes and reports.

  • 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 Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in science.


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

  • Experience in a research lab.

  • Knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, and microbiology.

  • Knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Working Conditions

  • Wet laboratory and animal laboratory.

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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