The Shepherd lab studies brain circuits in mice, particularly those relating to motor and somatosensory systems and functions of the forelimb and hand (www.shepherdlab.net). We seek candidates with solid undergraduate training in quantitative sciences such as neuroscience, cell/molecular biology, and/or engineering and physics, or equivalent. Main responsibilities are to conduct experiments that could involve: surgical procedures on mice, fluorescence microscopy, brain sample preparation, in vitro and/or in vivo electrophysiology, behavioral testing, optical imaging, data analysis, and novel methods for molecular barcoding of neurons. The projects and duties can to some extent be tailored to the skills and interests of the applicant.
Standard expectations for the position also include: Conducts experimental research lab work and/or assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, good laboratory practices.
Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
Analyzes and troubleshoots protocols and data obtained from individual experiments and recommends alternatives and suggestions to improve processes, validity and/or accuracy.
Using a fully functioning level of skill, completes the following activities (please highlight):
Tissue fixation/processing: embedding, preparation of blocks and sectioning, staining
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
Manipulates, interprets &/or presents results.
Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
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.)
Demonstrated laboratory experience;
Demonstrated ability to follow detailed instructions as required by research protocols;
Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets and basic computations;
Attention to detail and accurate record keeping;
Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
Undergraduate degree in biology, neuroscience, engineering fields, or similar
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Basic research and STEM skills in some combination of areas including quantitative data analysis, molecular biology, electrophysiology, optical imaging, instrumentation, animal surgical techniques, viral labeling.
Proficiency in programming (Matlab, Python, Arduino) preferred but not required.
Familiarity with molecular biology and methods (cloning etc) preferred but not required.
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.
Internal Number: 38395
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.