Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: MED-Cancer Center Salary/Grade: NEX/11
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. Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical & Good Laboratory Practices.
Under limited supervision of the Research Assistant Professor, responsible for the daily routine operation and maintenance of the instruments in the Flow Cytometry Core Facility. Responsibilities include performance of routine and complex flow cytometry assays/sorting for investigators, performance of instrument quality control, participation in assay development, sample preparation, data acquisition/analysis, data compilation and reporting; management of data backups. The candidate will perform laboratory related duties including: tracking job flow, processing paperwork, maintaining instruments and safety documentation, and communicating with clients, staff and faculty as needed. Additional responsibilities include assisting Manager in the administration of facility operations.
Hours of Work: Preferably starting at 10:30 or 11:00 am (until 7:00 or 7:30pm respectively)
Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic and complex experiments both analysis and cell sorting.
Operate flow cytometers, both analyzers and cell sorters
Set-up and conducts multi-laser high-parameter experiments for translational research from clinical specimen.
Observes experiments, collects, records, summarizes, analyzes and interprets research data; collates relevant mathematical results and prepares complex tables reflecting relationships of multiple tests.
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 skills is required:
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression
Cell culture, cell isolation, cryogenic storage
Human Specimen Collection (tissue, blood, urine):
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.
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;
2-3 years experience in flow cytometry with technical expertise in assay performance-preparation, data acquisition and multilaser analysis and cell sorting expertise.
Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and training experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Capacity to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and to recognize when to seek supervisory assistance.
Experience with diverse laboratory techniques/methods including molecular biology technologies (PCR, in situ hybridization), Western Blotting, and cell function assays.
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: 36539
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.