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Research Technician

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, January 22, 2024

Department

BSD MED - Genetic Medicine - Gilad Research Staff


About the Department

The Section of Genetic Medicine continues to shape the future of personalized medicine with successful research programs focused on the quantitative genetic and genomic science. The Section provides extremely valuable collaborations with investigators in the Department of Medicine who are seeking to develop new and more powerful ways to identify genetic risk factors for common, complex disorders with almost immediate clinical application.


Job Summary

The Section of Genetic Medicine is seeking a Research Technician with a background in molecular biology to work in the Gilad Lab. The Gilad Lab focuses on understanding how gene regulatory variation leads to phenotypic diversity in humans and other primates. We are currently working with several complex, stem cell-derived organoid models and differentiated cell lines, which we are using to study variation in gene regulatory mechanisms within and between species. Projects undertaken by this technician will support ongoing studies led by postdocs and/or graduate students in the lab. The candidate’s work may result in authorship on academic publications and real-world impact.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain several different cell lines and across multiple different projects.

  • Troubleshoot and optimize cell culture protocols.

  • Perform RNA isolation and library preparation for the 10X single cell sequencing platform.

  • Prepare many different cell culture reagents (including potentially hazardous reagents).

  • Collect, record, and analyze data.

  • Non-laboratory related duties include attending lab meetings, stocking and putting away lab items, receiving packages, sterilizing lab equipment, and general lab maintenance.

  • 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

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

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

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or related field.


Experience:

  • Relevant research experience.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

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

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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.


Job Family

Research


Role Impact

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status

Non-Exempt


Pay Frequency

Biweekly


Scheduled Weekly Hours

40


Benefits Eligible

Yes


Drug Test Required

No


Health Screen Required

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required

No


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