Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: WCAS Chemistry Salary/Grade: NEX/11
The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences is reimagining traditional arts and sciences education in ways that prepare our students for success in an ever-changing, complex world. The College is the most comprehensive of Northwestern’s 12 schools, offering 47 majors to approximately 4,300 undergraduate students. Our goal is to develop in students a Northwestern Mindset – a flexible, adaptable view of the world that seeks to understand the pressing issues of today and transform them into the promising new opportunities of tomorrow. Staff who work in the College think creatively, work collaboratively, and are dedicated to building a strong community.
The hallmark of our distinctive educational model is diversity in all of its manifestations. We are committed to maintaining and enhancing the breadth and depth of our course offerings and to ensuring the intellectual and experiential diversity of our faculty and students. In short, we believe that diversity is an essential value that lies at the heart of our community and one that needs to be actively encouraged and pursued.
Under general direction from the teaching faculty, the Research Technologist assists in the utilization of the Department of Chemistry's physical undergraduate laboratory resources supporting over 3,200 students annually, encompassing multiple separate laboratories, including laboratory equipment, glassware, chemicals and infrastructure. The Research Technologist tracks and analyzes data pertaining to chemical utilization, prepares laboratories for experiments and assists in leading the culture of safety, especially within the undergraduate laboratories.
Employee will operate in a chemistry laboratory environment in proximity to hazardous material.
Some irregular work hours are required to achieve mission objectives.
Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
Set-up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments.
Prepare chemical solutions, weigh samples, perform titrations, and other similar tests.
Maintain Chemistry laboratories in an organized and safe manner, including cleaning glassware and ensuring required reagents and solutions are ordered and prepared as needed.
Maintain strict laboratory safety and adhere to quality assurance principles.
Manipulates, interprets &/or presents results.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
Accurately record data and assist in its organization and analysis
Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
Verifies accuracy of invoices.
Orders &/or maintains inventory of chemicals &/or lab supplies.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
BS in a basic science and no experience or 2 years’ practical lab/bench experience is required;
Understanding of laboratory and chemical safety principles, including US CFR 1910.1450 and NFPA codes.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including advanced skills with Excel or Access. Ability to manipulate PDFs;
Excellent communication and customer service skills;
Excellent judgment and the ability to work independently;
Flexibility and energy;
Ability to lift 25 pounds;
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
A degree in Chemistry or another science strongly preferred.
Experience with NU chemical management systems.
Three to five year’s relevant experience in research laboratory or science department in a higher education environment.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Understanding of basic chemical principals, including stoichiometry and basic laboratory safety.
Ability to assess hazard identification factors.
Chemistry analytical skills including
Ability to calculate and prepare solutions of specified concentration.
Ability to perform titrations.
Ability to accurately weigh samples.
Ability to learn new techniques.
Detail oriented, analytical, and alert, as the work is of a non-routine nature.
Ability to exercise good judgment in determining the reasonableness of the results.
Possess effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work with minimum supervision.
Ability to work in a team environment and build relationships with other areas of the organization.
Ability to keep and record accurate and legible data.
Ability to perform basic management tasks for small groups.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and laboratory equipment such as balances, glassware, chemicals, computer, printer, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and lab equipment. Requirements may also include:
Ability to work safely in a chemistry laboratory environment.
Ability to clearly record data.
Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.
Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and laboratory hazards.
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: 35878
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