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Academic Hourly - Microbiology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
Laboratory and Research


Academic Hourly

Department of Microbiology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Job Summary
The successful candidate for this position will perform research activities relating to the genetic, molecular, and biochemical characterization of bacterial viruses (phages) and anti-phage immune systems in the lab of Dr. Asma Hatoum-Aslan in the Microbiology Department. The candidate will also perform some laboratory management duties.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research activities
  • Constructing suitable genetic systems in Staphylococcus species to characterize bacterial immunity mechanisms
  • Designing and constructing plasmids using Gibson assembly and other cloning techniques
  • Discovering, propagating, and genetically manipulating staphylococcal viruses (phages)
  • Overexpressing and purifying Staphylococcus and phage proteins
  • Performing in vitro enzymatic assays in order to functionally characterize Staphylococcus and phage proteins.
  • Familiarizing oneself with the knowledge of the field, as well as with the current developments, including new methodologies that become available.
  • Generating specific protocols to carry out the approaches, setting up experimental systems.
  • Collecting data, performing statistical analysis, summarizing data in tables and graphs.
  • Writing weekly priorities for the project and monthly reports on the progress.
  • Presenting reports on the project at laboratory meetings.
  • Working collaboratively with fellow teammates.
  • Lab management activities
  • Ordering laboratory supplies
  • Overseeing laboratory safety compliance
  • Preparing standard laboratory reagents
  • Stocking laboratory
  • Training new incoming students
  • General laboratory management tasks (e.g. ensuring equipment gets repaired, etc.)

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree. Laboratory experience in microbiology, molecular biology, and/or biochemistry. Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills. The capacity to work collaboratively. Familiarity with molecular biology approaches and theory behind them. Analytical and numerical skills: ability to perform mathematical calculations (add, subtract,
* multiply, divide) in different units of measurement; ability to use concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios. Knowledge of basic molecular biology
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or related discipline

Experience with aseptic technique

Protein purification experience

Experience working with phages

Background in microbiology with strong biochemistry knowledge

Appointment Information

This is a Academic Hourly position with a work expectation of approximately 40 hours per week. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on September 27, 2023. To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at, use the Apply Now button on the posting and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

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Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1019920

Job Category: Research

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