The Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering designs affordable point-of-care diagnostic tests using antibodies that recognize infectious disease markers and/or specific nucleic acid markers via PCR. The selected candidate will conduct 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.
This is a 1 year termed appointment eligible for renewal dependent on performance and available funding.
Please note: BSL2 laboratory environment. Blood borne pathogen training required
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.
A fully functioning level of understanding in the following:
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression
Southern, Northern, Western blotting
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
ELISA, Elispot assay
Antibody production and purification
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data;
Preparing charts and graphs for presentations and publications.
May perform scientific literature searches in support of research;
Complete portions of grant applications, manuscripts and publications.
May track and summarize lab supply expenses
Verify accuracy of invoices.
Order and/or maintain inventory of reagent, mice and/or lab supplies.
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.
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;
B.S. in basic science and 2 years practical lab/bench experience
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
In vitro diagnostic development
Lateral flow assay development
qPCR, nucleic acid techniques, protein techniques, freeze drying
Collaborate with engineering, clinical and business partners
Experience in cross-disciplinary collaborations
Utilize literature and internal data sets to design and test hypotheses
Knowledge of protein biochemistry such as protein purification, antibody conjugation, solution preparation, ELISA experience, assay development skills, etc.
Understanding of nucleic acid biochemistry such as polymerase chain reaction, nucleic acid extraction, etc.
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: 39976
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.