This position is in Dr. Foltz lab. The lab uses cell culture systems to study epigenetic mechanisms that drive chromosome segregation and regulate chromatin function. The Research Technologist 2 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.
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.
Using a fully functioning level of skill, completes the following activities:
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression Southern, Northern, Western blotting
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
Cell culture, cell isolation
Breeding and screening transgenic mice
Maintains detailed records of results, which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
Manipulates, interprets &/or presents results.
Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.
Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
Verifies accuracy of invoices.
Orders &/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice &/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;
The preferred candidate will have a 4-year B.A. or B.S in Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology or a related field. Candidates with Bachelor’s degrees in other areas but who have coursework in the biological sciences and significant experience in conducting molecular biology research will also be considered strongly.
Preferred candidates will have previous professional experience in a molecular and/or cell biology research lab.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
The preferred candidate will have a working knowledge of molecular biology and advanced skills in molecular cloning. In addition, preferred candidates will have experiences with cell culture and CRISPR/Cas9 gene deletion and editing. The ability to be highly organized, excellent record keeping skills and the ability to manage multiple projects is preferred. The candidate should be interested in and capable of learning new techniques.
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: 39298
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.