The Research Technologist 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.
Please note that only applications including a cover letter/personal statement will be considered. This a 12-month term position with option for renewal contingent on funding availability
This position will support Dr. Rizwan Akhtar’s research program in -synuclein biomarkers for Parkinson disease. The candidate will be principally supervised by Dr. Akhtar. The primary duties of this position will be to assist in the development of laboratory methods to measure -synuclein and associated proteins in human fluid samples. The secondary duties of this position will be to assist in development of cell-based and tissue-based assays for endogenous -synuclein antibodies in human fluid samples. The candidate will be expected to participate in lab and department scholarly activities including journal clubs and internal data presentations. This position will provide a strong foundation for individuals contemplating continued training in medical or graduate school. Requires a practical understanding of a limited number of standard scientific techniques.
Following protocols, designs, sets-up & conducts basic experiments.
Analyzes & troubleshoots protocols & data obtained from individual experiments & recommends alternatives & suggestions to improve processes, validity &/or accuracy.
Experience in these laboratory skills is required, or must be willing to be trained, for the following:
Protein isolation, purification and expression Western blotting
Cell culture, cell isolation
Antibody production and purification
Catalog, aliquot, and store de-identified human biofluid samples
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
Manipulates, interprets &/or presents preliminary data results and statistical analysis
Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.
Completes 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.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Some experience in basic molecular biology techniques including pipetting and / or cell culture is required.
Scientific writing skills and computer literacy (e.g. Microsoft Office software) is preferred.
Candidates must have excellent attention to detail and be capable of accurate record keeping, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and possess the ability to work in a professional team environment
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: 39132
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.