Research Technician I
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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BSD SRF - Human Tissue Resource Center - Biobank

About the Department

The Human Tissue Research Center (HTRC) is a University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division (BSD) Core Facility that is managed by the Office of Shared Research Facilities (OSRF). The HTRC is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and is administratively divided into two sub-cores: Histology and Biospecimen Bank (Biobank). The Biobank sub-core provides institutional biospecimen banking services for IRB-approved protocols involving human tissues and body fluids. The Biobank sub-core also serves as the biospecimen distribution center, providing previously collected samples to investigators for their research needs. In addition, the Biobank sub-core offers Digital Pathology services with automated, high-throughput scanning for publication quality images, quantitative image analysis and laser capture microdissection.

Job Summary

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

The Research Technician I will function within the Biospecimen Bank arm of the HTRC and will perform various duties related to the provision of these services. Daily work with human biospecimens is required.


  • Processing of whole blood into components (plasma, serum and DNA).
  • Isolation peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC).
  • Assisting in processing of human tissue samples.
  • Use of an electronic inventory management system to track sample custody and long-term storage locations in the HTRC Freezer Farm.
  • Communicating with CRCs and investigators about sample delivery, process times, and questions about samples via phone/email/pager.
  • Accessing -80C and liquid nitrogen (-196C) freezers and dry ice chest with appropriate PPE to retrieve and store biospecimens.
  • Maintaining adequate stock of supplies.
  • Provides technical and administrative support for a research project.
  • 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 ---


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.

  • Experience using centrifuges.
  • Experience with DNA extraction.
  • Experience with PBMC isolation.
  • Experience working with human biospecimens.

Preferred Competencies
  • Multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Exceptional responsibility and attentiveness to detail.
  • Mature, reliable, and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of health care professionals, including faculty investigators, research managers, nursing and technical support staff.
  • Familiarity with Windows-based operating systems and common software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Web-based applications.

Working Conditions
  • Lab Environment.

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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