Department: MED-Center for Genetic Med Salary/Grade: NEX/13
We are seeking a full-time research technician to conduct defined experiments. The lab studies genetic mechanisms contributing to the development of inherited human diseases, with a focus on cardiac and muscle disease. By combining gene discovery with the use of model systems, we aim to better understand disease biology and evaluate the potential of new therapeutics. Qualified candidates will be detail-orientated, reliable, demonstrate solid written and verbal skills, and have the capacity to learn new techniques. A candidate interested in translational science with a background in biological sciences and previous wet lab experience is preferred.
The Research Technologist 3 participates in design and execution of research lab projects. Conducts experimental tests, procedures, and processes and analyzes data. Reviews and revises existing research methodologies and may develop new methodologies, mathematical and/or computer models for predicting data. May ensure overall lab compliance with all associated rules and regulations.
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:
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
Cell culture, cell isolation
Tissue fixation/processing: embedding, preparation of blocks and sectioning, staining
Breeding and screening transgenic mice
Database management of colony
Observes experiments, collects, records, summarizes, analyzes and interprets research data.
Collates relevant mathematical results.
Prepares complex tables reflecting relationships of multiple tests.
Draws scientific conclusions.
Writes portions of grant applications.
Co-authors scientific papers.
Negotiates purchases with vendors.
Maintains and updates portions of grant budgets.
Tracks and summarizes lab supply expenses.
Verifies accuracy of invoices.
Orders and/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice and/or lab supplies.
Trains and directs other lab EEs and/or students in research techniques and procedures.
Performs other 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 and 3 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience required; OR
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 1 year lab/bench or other relevant 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.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
At least 3 years of laboratory / bench experience.
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: 38800
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.