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University of Chicago GRAF Facility Research Coordinator in Chicago, Illinois

Please make sure to read the job posting in its entirety as it reflects both the University roles and responsibilities, followed by the specific description.

20107 Animal Resources Center

About the Unit

The Animal Resources Center (ARC) at The University of Chicago is responsible for the use and care of all research animals on campus. The ARC manages 6 facilities and a business office. Its sections are as follows: husbandry, maintenance, operations, veterinary care, finance and administration. The unit recently merged with the Office of Shared Research Facilities managing all of the BSD cores on campus.

Job Family


Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job Level


Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

P3: Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job manages scientific research projects or scientific research facilities. Uses considerable on-the-job experience to ensure compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies. Works independently to write articles, reports and manuscripts, and presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.

1) Uses subject matter and best practices knowledge to perform lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Works independently to assist with project design., 2) Solves complex problems relating to the administration of projects, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making significant contributions to methodology., 3) Guides data collection, evaluation and analysis. Designs and manages databases. Writes reports, articles and manuscripts., 4) Presents research findings at meetings and conferences, as well as to funding agencies. Conducts literature reviews. Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Provides weekly facility operation updates to the Director of the GRAF.

2) Implementation of new techniques and/or technologies within the unit.

3) Oversees allocation of resources within the facility.

4) Manages the coordination and scheduling of research projects within the facility.

5) Manages installation and routine maintenance of all facility equipment.

6) Develops and maintains facility supply inventory.

7) Coordinates supply orders with assistance from senior research specialists.

8) Interacts with GRAF research specialists and investigator research staff to create procedural protocols.

9) Oversees quality assurance of the unit.

10) Conducts and oversees administrative duties for the unit such as data entry, archive of facility reports.

11) May assist in operational/technical duties as needed such as: preparation of weekly microbial cultures, processing and read out of quality control tests, training of students or personnel, conduct of experimental interventions, management of mouse colonies.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Ability to engage in critical assessments.

2) Ability to create or extrapolate new applications from existing or new technologies.

3) Ability to work on more than one project at a time and meet deadlines.

4) Capacity to handle multiple tasks in a short amount of time.

5) Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills.

6) Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal/communication skills.

7) Knowledge of regulatory compliance.

8) Willingness to work successfully as a member of a team, ability to communicate effectively with faculty, graduate students and various administrative offices at all levels of the University, ability to prioritize.

9) Ability to work under pressure of scheduled assignments.

10) High level of tact and discretionary judgment with regard to access of confidential material.

11) Ability to interact with all levels of staff within the division.

12) Computer knowledge and skills.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

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

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Master’s degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted.

2) PhD or advanced clinical degree.


1) Previous work experience in an academic environment and biomedical research.

2) Previous work experience within a gnotobiotic facility.

3) 3 – 5 years supervising scientific/biomedical laboratory staff.

Required Documents

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Pay Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Date


Remove from Posting On or Before


Posting Statement

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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  • Posted 30+ Days Ago
  • Full time
  • JR06404