Research Technician
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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BSD SRF - Electron Microscopy: Research

About the Department

The Advanced Electron Microscopy Facility occupies over 2000 ft2 in the Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences (GCIS) and an additional 3000 ft2 of new space in the Franklin McLean Institute. The mission of the facility is to develop techniques for preserving cellular structure with the highest degree of reliability. These techniques involve different methods for rapidly freezing our samples in order to halt structural and biochemical activity in a very short time-frame, thus preserving structure in the "live" state. Once the sample is preserved in the "live" state, it is then possible to study the ultrastructure of these samples using not only basic Electron Microscopy imaging techniques, but also state-of the-art techniques such as: 1) 3-D electron tomography (cryo and plastic), 2) Single Particle Analysis (SPA), and 3) CLEM.

Job Summary

The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.

The successful candidate will work in the Advanced Electron Microscope Core Facilities at the University of Chicago. The technician will serve a critical role by maintaining equipment, sample preparation, and sample imaging/screening support to researchers using the UChicago Advanced Electron Microscopy Facility. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working across multiple modalities of electron microscopy, SEM and TEM applications (including state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques involving Cryo-SPA, Cryo-ET, and Large Volume reconstructions) and learning how to maintain the microscopes and other supporting instrument.


  • Perform routine laboratory maintenance and research activities such as electron microscopy sample processing and imaging, cryo-electron microscopy grid screening, cryo sample preparation, negative staining and imaging.
  • Perform administrative duties such as: laboratory management including maintain reagents, glassware, and routine instrument management tasks; assisting in record keeping; and ordering supplies and billing.
  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
  • 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 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or field of study related to the research of the laboratory.

  • Experience working in a research laboratory or core facility.
  • Experience with at least one project using transmission and/or scanning electron microscopy.
  • Experience working within a biomedical or electron microscopy-related research laboratory.

Preferred Competencies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to work in a service -oriented environment.
  • Strong computer and record keeping skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Ability to work both independently (with minimal guidance) and as a team member.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and complete tasks on time.
  • Ability to be on-time for scheduled appointments and adapt to unscheduled requests.

Working Conditions
  • May require training related to occupational safety and health, environmental compliance (working with heavy metals), shipping of hazardous material (shipping cryo-samples).
  • Working at a desk or sitting at a microscope.
  • Ability to go up and down stairs.
  • Ability to move wheeled LN2 tanks.

Application Documents
  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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