Research Technician

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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


BSD MED - Gastroenterology - Chang Research Staff

About the Department

The Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology at The University of Chicago is consistently ranked among the best specialty nationally by U.S News and World Report. With nearly 30 specialists on staff, our program plays a leading role in the understanding of digestive diseases and in developing innovative and successful treatments for patients. Since forming the nation’s first full-time department of gastroenterology in 1927, our physicians have continually improved treatments for digestive tract and related disorders by combining medical research, education, and patient care at the highest level.

Job Summary

The research lab of Cambrian Liu, PhD (Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UChicago) is recruiting a Research Technician to recruit patients for translational research projects in digestive disease and to advance basic-research efforts in the preclinical laboratory. The position will be roughly equally divided between these responsibilities. Our laboratory studies biological mechanisms that lie at the intersection of stem cells, wound healing, cancer, and microbiome in the digestive tract, using mouse models and human tissue. The goal of the research is to make fundamental new insights towards regenerative medicine for chronic inflammatory conditions of the intestines. This training position represents an opportunity to meet and interact with patients and physicians while developing or further skills related to state-of-the-art laboratory methods in medical biology research. The lab is embedded within a tight-knit environment of dedicated and creative scientists and benefits from institutional strengths of a large digestive disease and microbiome research center at the University of Chicago (Hyde Park). A key component of the position is the personalized trainee experience that prioritizes interacting with and working alongside Cambrian and other scientists/physicians, use of creative and novel lab techniques, and enhancing the preparedness for the Technician’s next career step while respecting work-life balance. Interested applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a bachelor’s degree in science and should document their experience with laboratory research and an interest in science or medicine. Applicants from underrepresented groups in science/medicine are encouraged to apply.


  • Identify, consent, and enroll patients who are undergoing surgical procedures at UChicago hospitals into GI tissue biobanking efforts.

  • Perform and assist with experiments utilizing human tissue and mouse models, under supervision of principal investigator, postdoctoral researcher, or graduate student.

  • Help to grow and maintain mouse/human organoid cultures.

  • Participate in laboratory meetings regarding current research and other lab activities.

  • Assist with organizing laboratory.

  • Maintains a safe environment for others and self; adheres to safety policies and procedures.

  • 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 relevant to the research being conducted.


  • Experience in biology lab work and cell/tissue/animal models.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge in relevant scientific field.

  • Analytical skills.

  • Problem-solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Organizational skills.

  • Verbal and written communication skills.

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

  • Adaptability and willingness to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities.

  • Effective time-management skills.

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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