Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: MED-Preventive Medicine Salary/Grade: EXS/6
Manages daily operations of a research lab. Monitors lab performance, analyzes and reviews results, and supervises development and implementation of new protocols. Assigns work and supervises lab personnel and reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols and procedures are quality controlled and functioning up to standards.
**Please Note:The schedule for this position will occasionally change, due to the needs of the research studies the position supports. A Tuesday through Saturday work schedule will be required at various times. At other times, the schedule will be Monday through Friday, perhaps with occasional Saturdays.
Manages technical operations of a lab involved in scientific research activities.
In consultation with Principle Investigator (PI) organizes and plans experiments ensuring those project objectives are attained.
Oversees and guides lab staff in review of results and recommendation of changes to protocols to improve validity and accuracy.
Using an advanced level of skill, completes the following activities:
Oversees and conducts phlebotomy and sample processing for a variety of studies.
Responsible for oversight of all department freezers, including responding to emergency calls after hours.
Responsible for maintaining all equipment.
Train and certify, as needed, to conduct other components of participant visits for various studies.
Oversees and manages collection, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations and publications.
Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaboration organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
Ensures research regulations are adhered to, IRB and ACUC approvals in place, material transfer agreements properly executed, and that radiation and lab safety requirements are up to date and implemented.
Maintain NSIS for the department, ensuring all staff are entered into the system and complete the appropriate training on an ongoing basis.
Manages lab budget and inventory including purchasing of supplies and services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable and project related.
Orders and maintains inventory of lab supplies, chemicals, equipment and instrumentation and may distribute intra-departmental charges.
Negotiates with vendors, obtain quotes and arrange for demos of large equipment.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & supervises lab EEs, students, residents &/or fellows.
Provides instruction to lab users on technically complex procedures, equipment & instruments.
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 6 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 4 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience.
Supervisory or project management experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Must have extensive phlebotomy and biological sample processing experience.
Previous experience working in a clinical research setting.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Previous experience conducting clinical research studies with volunteer participants. Must be flexible and able to quickly switch priorities or work assignments.
Able to manage multiple staff members that have many different responsibilities by maintaining a collegial atmosphere within the lab.
Must be a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision, yet knowing when to inform the position’s supervisor of relevant information.
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: 40986
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.