Research Technician

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, December 9, 2023


BSD ACC - Research

About the Department

The Groman Lab (www.gromanlab.com) is part of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. We are interested in understanding why some individuals are more susceptible to developing addiction and other diseases compared to others. Current projects include understanding how neural activity in specific circuits is related to behavior across key developmental periods, the molecular mechanisms that regulate genetic and environmental behavioral mechanisms of addiction risk, and investigating the computational mechanisms of select decision-making functions in normal and abnormal states. Our work integrates complex behavioral assessments with state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques in rats to develop links between biology and behavior.

Job Summary

We are seeking to hire three motivated Research Technicians who will be responsible for conducting behavioral assessments in rats at different developmental periods, performing stereotaxic and intrajugular surgeries, collecting and analyzing brain tissue samples using techniques such as immunohistochemistry and proteomics, analyzing data and presenting this data to other team members at research and lab meetings. The position will also support general lab maintenance (e.g., recording data, maintaining laboratory equipment, etc). Applicants should have a strong interest in behavior, cognition, and learning.


  • Following protocols, designs, and conducts basic experiments in rodents.

  • Conducting daily behavioral assessments in rats using operant equipment.

  • Assist with and perform surgeries in rats to place catheters and/or viruses.

  • Collect brain tissue for post-mortem analyses including immunohistochemistry, rtPCR, and proteomics.

  • Maintains detailed records of results, including collecting, extracting, and entering data.

  • Complete daily care, feeding, and welfare checks of rats.

  • Maintains an active breeding colony for ongoing experiments.

  • Prepares charts and graphs for presentations and publications.

  • Orders and maintains laboratory supplies.

  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • 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.

  • 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 neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, or related field.


  • Research experience conducting behavioral or neuroscience assessments in rats or mice.

Preferred Competencies

  • Entry-level skills in at least one neuroscience research method.

  • Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to working as a team.

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Strong data management skills.

  • Absorb large amounts of data quickly.

  • Ability to adapt to changing work situations and assignments.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to walk one mile per day.

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds.

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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