Conducts experimental research lab work and/or assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). May complete mathematical calculations, and/or computer tasks and/or assist in judging validity of data. Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices.
The lab of Dr. Kyle Eagen at Northwestern University focuses on elucidating the molecular and cellular principles underlying DNA folding within eukaryotic cells and how DNA misfolding relates to human disease, including cancer.
A research technician position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Kyle Eagen in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Northwestern University. The research technician will help initiate a dynamic research program dedicated to understanding the molecular basis of nuclear organization and genome architecture. S/he will be responsible for taking on highly interdisciplinary projects and key functions in this endeavor, including projects focusing on molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, as well as genomics approaches using next-generation sequencing technology. S/he will work side-by-side with Dr. Eagen to develop cutting-edge scientific skills as the lab expands into new research areas.
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):
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression Western blotting
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
Cell culture, cell isolation
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.
Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
Verifies accuracy of invoices.
Orders &/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice &/or lab supplies.
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;
Successful completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, or higher degree in Chemistry or Biology
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Demonstrated laboratory experience
Demonstrated ability to follow detailed instructions as required by research protocols
Demonstrated ability to learn about new technologies
Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets and basic computations
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: 38514
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.