Research Professional

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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


BSD MED - Gastroenterology - Li 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

A Research Professional is sought to work on projects related to innate immunity and intestinal mucosal inflammation. The projects involve the use of genetic mouse models to understand epigenetic, epitranscriptomic and metabolic mechanisms in the regulation in bacterial infection or gut mucosal inflammation. The candidate is expected to independently carry out research projects and advance the research program through publications in high impact scientific journals. The research heavily relies on the use of multiple genetic mouse lines; thus, the candidate is expected to manage his/her own mouse colonies by setting up breeding and genotyping, and to generate disease models from these genetic lines for investigation. The candidate is expected to perform physiological, histological, cellular, immunological, biochemical and molecular analyses of the study models. In addition, he/she will share some lab-wide responsibilities such as routine lab duties.


  • Independently execute research projects using cell and mouse models.

  • Maintain mouse colonies including setting up mating and genotyping.

  • Generate disease models and perform animal treatments.

  • Perform physiological, histological, immunological, biochemical, cellular and molecular analyses of study mice.

  • Conduct routine lab duties.

  • Performs experiments and collects and analyzes data. Participates in the promotion of a research project.

  • Collaborates on development of new research projects with academic and community-based organizations.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD 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


  • Completion of postdoctoral training.

  • Experience in studies with genetic mouse models.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong research technical skills.

  • Strong background in biochemistry and cell biology.

  • Strong learning ability.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Organizational skills.

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

  • Knowledge of immunology or molecular biology.

  • Knowledge/experience in mouse colony maintenance.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (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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Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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