Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: WCAS Neurobiology Salary/Grade: NEX/9
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Research Technologist 1 position for a Research Technologist to support the activities of a neurobiology laboratory that works at the interface of genetics, neurophysiology and behavior. The position will conduct lab work and will assists in design and execution of one or more specific phases of entire projects. Current projects involve transgenesis, gene targeting, CRISPR/Cas9 editing, in vivo 2-photon imaging, electrophysiology and behavioral assays in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and in non-domesticated Drosophila species. We also use a number of cell culture assays. The primary responsibility will be to support one or more of the Lab’s ongoing projects by planning and execution of Drosophila genetic crosses, dissection/microscopy and running behavioral assays. Other scientific activities may include molecular cloning, cell culture and genotyping. Administrative activities may include tracking and ordering lab supplies and general lab maintenance. Expected to present progress and data in scientific group meetings. Position requires strong basic skills in genetics, making solutions, facility with computers 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. Previous experience with Drosophila is preferred but not required.
Please note: Work in a lab environment and wear protective clothing such as lab coats, safety glasses and gloves. Work with fruit flies.
This is a 1-year term position.
Follows pre-defined protocols, policies, procedure, regulations, Good Clinical & Good Laboratory Practices & conducts standard & repetitive experiments & completes basic trouble-shooting techniques.
Sets-up, operates & maintains standard lab equipment.
Using a fully functioning level of skill, completes the following activities:
PCR, RT-PCR, Plasmid preparation
Cloning, sequencing of DNA
Cell culture (preferred)
Drosophila Husbandry (preferred)
Breeding and screening transgenic flies
Previous experience with fruit flies is preferred
Performs other related 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 (Drosophila fruit flies).
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.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Previous experience with fruit fly work, manual dexterity, good organizational skills.
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: 36324
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