Research Technician


A research technician position is available in the laboratory of Shannon Elf, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research. Our laboratory investigates the biology and targeted therapy of myeloid blood cancers, particularly myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The successful applicant will work primarily with graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows in the lab conducting biochemistry, molecular biology, cell culture, and animal studies. Additionally, the applicant will provide support to the lab, including obtaining reagents, preparing samples, and organizing data.

We are looking for highly enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with a strong work ethic who can interact well with others as part of a team. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to be flexible in work practices are highly valued characteristics which interested candidates should possess.


  • Perform molecular biology and biochemical experiments with increasing independence.

  • Maintain and perform experiments with cell lines in tissue culture.

  • Pre-clinical rodent work (mice).

  • Record data and analyze results using basic statistics.

  • Help to prepare presentations and written articles for publication.

  • Prepare laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and maintain equipment.

  • All other duties, as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with significant biological/biochemical science coursework. Experience with techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry is desirable.



  • Interested in the biomedical sciences and extremely self-motivated

  • Collaborative, flexible and a strong team player

  • Willingness to work with mice

  • Sound analytical and organizational skills

  • High degree of computer literacy

  • Must be able to logically and effectively structure tasks and set priorities

  • Ability to identify potential problems and trouble-shoot solutions