Research Specialist 1

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023


BSD MGC - Mitchell Lab

About the Department

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology (MGCB) is an innovative interdisciplinary community of scientists committed to investigating molecular aspects of biological phenomena that operate on a cellular scale. We invite you to explore our programs and get to know us better, https://mgcb.uchicago.edu/.

Job Summary

The Mitchell Lab seeks a Research Specialist 1 to join our newly-established team. We investigate the dynamic and mechanical mechanisms of visceral organ development in vivo using advanced microscopy and computational methods. As the new lab member gains experience, they are expected to manage an independent project involving genetics and microscopy, in addition to working with other lab members to support the lab’s day-to-day operational and research needs as needed. The candidate is expected to have sufficient flexibility with her/his working hours so that experiments can be pursued efficiently.


  • Maintains and orders equipment and supplies.

  • Conducts literature reviews.

  • Assists in organizing and managing the laboratory, including technical documentation and instrument maintenance.

  • Oversees specimen husbandry, including maintaining Drosophila melanogaster and Danio rerio stocks, and oversees genetic crosses.

  • Presents research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences.

  • Assists with data management and data processing pipelines involving high performance computing.

  • Modifies and develops computer code, uses analysis software for microscopy datasets.

  • Operates advanced microscopes.

  • Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • May orient or coordinate the work of research support staff and students.

  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Assists with the installation, 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 vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biophysics, Physics, Engineering, or other related field.


  • Prior work experience in a laboratory.

  • Experience in conducting research.

  • Experience in developing and evaluating new experimental methods.

  • Knowledge of standard research techniques relevant to developmental biology, microscopy, and computational data analysis

  • Knowledge of MATLAB and/or python.

  • Experience with ImageJ.

  • Experience with microscopy.

Preferred Competencies

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Working Conditions

  • Moderate physical activity which includes standing at the bench, reaching for materials, carrying materials, safe handling and manipulation of chemicals and biological materials according to approved protocols, computer use, and sufficient flexibility to access equipment in diverse laboratory spaces.

  • Requires the ability to work at a laboratory bench, with manual dexterity sufficient to perform fine motor tasks.

  • Weekend/evening hours are occasionally needed.

Application Documents

  • Resume (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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