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Job Summary: Conducts experimental research lab work. Assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). Completes mathematical calculations, &/or computer tasks &/or assists in judging validity of data. The Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University seeks to hire a Research Technologist to support the collaborative activities of two neurobiology laboratories studying how steroids influence brain function. This position will work at the interfaces of molecular biology, mouse molecular genetics, and neuroanatomy; and will assist with the design and execution of one or more specific phases of entire projects. Applicants should have experience in mouse colony management, planning of mouse breeding schemes, and developing genotyping strategies for the establishment of new transgenic lines. Experience in handling and dosing of rodents, rodent surgery and necropsy is desired. Work will also involve biochemical and histological analysis of tissues via immunostaining and confocal imaging. Experience in electron microscopy is preferred but not required. Administrative duties will include ordering and tracking lab supplies, laboratory safety and general lab maintenance. Position requires strong attention to detail and the ability to understand and judge validity of data. Must have exceptionally strong organizational and communication skills, record keeping skills, and must work well in a team. Position follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, and Good Laboratory Practices. Working Conditions: Position requires working directly with mice in an extensive transgenic mouse colony. This is a grant funded role subject to renewal based on funding.
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 Western blotting
PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
Mammalian cell culture, cell isolation
Breeding and Genotyping of transgenic mice
Tissue collection/tail biopsy
Database management of colony
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
Verifies accuracy of invoices.
Orders &/or maintains inventory of reagents, mice &/or lab supplies.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Other (please specify):
Chemical analysis: NMR, GC-MS
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;
Ability to work with animals (mice).
Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry, engineering or related fields.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of cell and molecular biology; mouse breeding; microscopy
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: 39663
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.