Senior Research Analyst

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2024


BSD MIC - Khader Lab

About the Department

The discoveries of microbes and the realization that they represent causative agents of human, animal, and plant diseases have transformed biological sciences and established the very broad foundations of molecular medicine. Faculty in the Department of Microbiology research different microbes including bacteria (TB, pathogenic Acinetobacter, Bacillus, Brucella, Legionella, Rickettsia, Staphylococcus, Yersinia, and commensal species) and viruses (Hepatitis C, Dengue Fever, Influenza, and several murine retroviruses). In collaboration with the Duchossois Family Institute (Harnessing the Microbiome and Immunity for Human Health), the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, and U. Chicago Medicine, our faculty investigate the organizing principles of the microbiome, its role in maintaining health and preventing disease, and the development of 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

The employee will perform assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings. The employee will work closely with the other research staff on microbiology.


  • Under direction, coordinate and oversee execution of research projects and perform complex research related duties and tasks.

  • Manage the day-to-day activities and the overall workflow of projects.

  • Responsible for having a working knowledge and awareness of all project components and initiatives.

  • Contribute to writing manuscripts.

  • Provide training and oversight to research support personnel and students. This includes BSL2, BSL3, select agent practices.

  • Train incoming staff in animal experiments.

  • Perform animal experiments including infections with RG2, RG3, Select Agent pathogens using IV, IN, SQ, ID, gavage routes and therapeutic treatments.

  • Perform health checks of animals that may occur in 8-h intervals any day of the week.

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

  • Work independently and within teams on special non-recurring and ongoing projects.

  • Provide technical assistance to collaborators in executing research procedures.

  • Maintain working relationships with collaborative research partners.

  • Maintain technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Be able to run the aerosol equipment.

  • Be able to assess functioning of any piece of equipment in BSL/ABSL/Select Agent space.

  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.

  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Takes responsibility for the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects. Acquires higher-level skills and knowledge in the process.

  • Takes responsibility for the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. Analyze the meaning, significance, causes, and effects of the subject.

  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Working knowledge of animal experiments.

  • Experience with microbiology.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Highly self-motivated.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Strong ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities.

  • Ability to train others.

Working Conditions

  • Biocontainment/Lab Facility.

  • Weekend/Evening hours- Sometimes as animals may need to be checked on.

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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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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