Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: WCAS Neurobiology Salary/Grade: NEX/9
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Job Summary: Conducts tests and procedures; sets up and operates equipment; records observations and measurements and collects and compiles data in a research lab; requires a practical understanding of a limited number of standard scientific techniques. Position for a Research Technologist to support the activities of a neurobiology laboratory that works at the interface of mouse molecular genetics, chemistry, physiology and behavior. The position will conduct lab work and will assists in design and execution of one or more specific projects. Current projects involve gene expression analysis in normal and transgenic mice (qPCR and RNAseq), as well as generation and analysis of transgenic and gene targeted mouse strains. The primary responsibility will be performing experiments involving gene expression analysis, molecular cloning, histology, cell culture and/or confocal microscopy. Additional responsibilities include aiding in the maintenance and organization of a substantial colony of transgenic and gene targeted mouse strains. This requires planning of breeding schemes and genotyping of resulting progeny. Other scientific activities will administrative activities such as tracking and ordering lab supplies and general lab maintenance. Expected to present progress and data in scientific group meetings. Position requires strong laboratory skills, manual dexterity, facility with mathematics computers, and the ability to understand and judge validity of data. Must have exceptionally strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and must work well in a team.
Working Conditions: Willingness to work with mice, willingness to occasionally work evenings or weekends if experiments require
Note: This is a 1-year term position. Specific Responsibilities:
Follows pre-defined protocols, policies, procedure, regulations, Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices and conducts standard and repetitive experiments and completes basic trouble-shooting techniques.
Sets-up, operates and maintains standard lab equipment
Using an entry level of skill completes the following activities:
DNA, RNA, isolation, PCR, RT-PCR and RT-qPCR
Solution and Plasmid preparation
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
Cell culture, cell isolation
Tissue fixation/processing: Immunohistochemistry
Breeding and screening transgenic mice
Database management of colony
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting & entering data; analyzes, interprets and presents results; prepares figures and graphs for presentations
Maintains inventory of reagents, mice and lab supplies. Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses, verifies accuracy of invoices
Trains undergraduate students
Completes other duties as assigned
High school diploma or equivalent and some basic science courses are required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Demonstrated laboratory experience in molecular biology
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
Ability to work with animals (mice)
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; appropriate combination of education and experience.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Mouse handling and colony management, molecular biology, gene expression analysis, good organizational skills
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: 36376
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