Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: WCAS Neurobiology Salary/Grade: NEX/9
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The Research Technologist 1 conducts tests and procedures; sets up and operates equipment; records observations and measurements and collects and compiles data in a research lab; requires a practical understanding of a limited number of standard scientific techniques. Position for a Research Technologist to support the collaborative activities of two neurobiology laboratories that are studying how steroids influence brain function and behavior. Position will work at the interfaces of molecular biology, mouse molecular genetics, biochemistry and neuroanatomy; will assist with the design and execution of one or more specific phases of entire projects. Work will involve analysis of native and recombinant proteins, expressing recombinant proteins in mammalian cell culture and mouse brain, analysis by fluorescence (confocal) microscopy, various biochemical/molecular assays, histology, and genotyping/mouse colony management. The latter will require planning of breeding schemes and genotyping of resulting progeny. Position requires strong basic skills in mathematics, facility with computers, attention to detail, and the ability to understand and judge validity of data. Must have exceptionally strong organizational skills and must work well in a team. Position follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, and Good Laboratory Practices.
Please Note: Position requires working directly with mice in an extensive transgenic mouse colony.
Follows pre-defined protocols, policies, procedure, regulations, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices and conducts standard and repetitive experiments and completes basic trouble-shooting techniques.
Sets-up, operates and maintains standard lab equipment.
Using an entry 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
Records test results and may maintain databases.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
Prepares charts and graphs for presentations & publications.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes standard and routine clerical duties such as copying, filing, data entry, word processing, etc.
Maintains inventory of reagents, mice and lab supplies
Completes other duties as assigned
HS diploma or equivalent and some basic science courses is required.
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).
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
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.
Bachelor’s degree in biology, molecular biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biochemistry, engineering or related fields.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of microscopy and neuroanatomy.
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: 36130
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