Research Technician, Awad Lab
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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BSD NSU - Neurological Surgery - Awad Lab

About the Department

The Neurovascular Surgery Research Program is a translational research unit, funded by the NIH and other sources, and engaged in national and international collaborative projects. It includes scientists from different disciplines, focusing on mechanisms of genesis of vascular malformations of the brain, biomarkers of disease in human subjects, and preclinical studies and clinical trials of novel interventions for vascular malformations and hemorrhagic stroke.

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision of the PI (Dr. Issam Awad) and department administrator, provides technical support to a research lab by performing complex laboratory techniques. Performs histology duties including slicing, processing, paraffin embedding, microtome sectioning, H&E staining, immunohistochemistry, and processing tissues for several studies. Prepares samples and performs Micro-CT scanning and analysis. Utilizes research methods requiring a high degree of proficiency to achieve established research objectives.


  • Prepare murine brains for Micro-CT scanning and post process the scans.
  • Using a brain matrix, slices murine brains into 1mm slices for tissue processing. Sections and stains slides with H&E, Prussian Blue, IHC or IMF. Performs cryosectioning of murine brains.
  • Performs ELISA'S, RNA/DNA extractions, and processes blood.
  • Utilizes research methods requiring a high degree of proficiency to achieve established research objectives. Evaluates existing methods and objectives and investigates, develops, and implements solutions to problems.
  • Organizes data into a professional format, performs data reconstruction and analysis, summarizes results, and presents data to PI. Effectively communicates, coordinates, and troubleshoots team-based research efforts through participation in laboratory and research meetings. May collaborate with clinical and basic scientists in other labs. Represents the PI as needed.
  • Maintains clear, accurate, complete, and timely reports of experiments.
  • Supervises and trains medical students and other laboratory volunteers and staff in research techniques, instruments, laboratory methods, procedures, and safety.
  • Helps monitor compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Drafts manuscripts for submission and prepares grants for submission.
  • Assists PI with publications. May attend investigator meetings and seminars as directed by the PI.
  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.
  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
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 a relevant field.

  • Training and experience in histologic technique and tissue processing.

Preferred Competencies
  • Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field.
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods.
  • Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to learn new research techniques or methods.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with grant preparation.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment.
  • Ability to train others.
  • History of peer-reviewed publications in relevant field.

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

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.

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