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Research Technologist 2
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
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Date Posted March 14, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job ID: 35663

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Summary:
Conducts experimental research lab work. Assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). Completes mathematical calculations, and/or computer tasks and/or assists in judging validity of data. Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical & Good Laboratory Practices

Working Conditions: This is a 12-month term position with the option to renew based on funding availability. Requires flexibility to work Saturdays and/or after hours.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Following overall research objectives, independently designs, plans, conducts and troubleshoots experiments.

  • Evaluates protocols and data obtained from groups of experiments and recommends changes to processes, procedures and techniques to improve quality and validity of results based upon overall project objectives.

  • Using an advanced level of skill, completes the following activities

    • Molecular Biology:

      • DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression

      • Western blotting

      • PCR, RT-PCR

      • Plasmid preparation

      • Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA

      • Recombinant virus production and purification

    • Cellular Biology:

      • Maintenance of human stem cell lines and performing stem cell differentiation protocols

      • Cell culture, cell isolation

      • Functional studies

      • Transfection

      • Immunocytochemistry

      • Microscopy

    • Immunology:

      • Flow cytometry

      • ELISA, Elispot assay

    • Animal:

      • Husbandry

      • Breeding and screening transgenic mice

      • Database management of colony

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.

  • Manipulates, interprets and/or presents results

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.

  • Manipulates, interprets and/or presents results

  • Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications.

  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.

  • Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.

  • Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.

  • Verifies accuracy of invoices.

  • Orders and/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice and/or lab supplies.

  • May train students.

  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Knowledge of computers and software (Microsoft Word, Excel), basic statistics, ability to work independently

  • Demonstrated laboratory experience

  • Demonstrated ability to follow research protocols

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a research lab setting is essential

  • Minimum 1 year of cell culture experience

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Knowledge of sterile techniques

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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