Research Technician

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2024


BSD PAT - Koh Lab

About the Department

The Koh Laboratory focuses on understanding how the immune system can mount specific responses to ever-changing pathogens and cancers while maintaining tolerance to self. We employ an interdisciplinary approach combining genetics, genomics, and biochemistry, at organismal to single-cell resolution. 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

We are seeking highly motivated individuals for the position of Research Technician. In this role, your primary responsibility will be to work closely with the principal investigator to learn and execute a broad range of biological techniques including PCR, molecular cloning, animal husbandry, cell culture, western blot, flow cytometry, and single-cell genomics. Other responsibilities include contributing to general lab organization (e.g. ordering, restocking supplies, making common reagents, record-keeping, etc.).

We offer a diverse, collaborative research environment with access to many career development resources. Your work will be multi-faceted, with opportunities to support on-going projects as well as to pursue independent projects, ultimately culminating in authorships on publications.

This position is ideal for recent college graduates interested in cutting-edge research experiences prior to graduate or medical school.


  • Molecular cloning, cell culture, biochemical recruitment assays, chromatin immunoprecipitation, western blots.

  • Tissue harvest, flow cytometry, single-cell genomics (ATAC-seq, RNA-seq), library construction, next-gen sequencing.

  • Animal husbandry, genotyping, record-keeping.

  • Order and organize laboratory supplies, instruments, and equipment.

  • This job provides technical and administrative support in a laboratory environment performing basic laboratory techniques, research and analysis under direction.

  • Provides routine or standardized laboratory duties by collecting data in support of research projects under direct supervision.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

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 biological, physical sciences, or engineering.


  • Experience with techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell culture, animal studies strongly preferred.

  • Significant laboratory coursework.

Preferred Competencies

  • Attention to detail and ability to focus on dedicated tasks for extended periods.

  • Strong communication skills with ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Working Conditions

  • Research Laboratory.

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.

Job Family


Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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