The Research Technologist 3 participates in design and execution of research lab projects. Conducts experimental tests and procedures and processes and analyzes data. This position reviews and revises existing research methodologies and may develop new methodologies, mathematical and/or computer models for predicting data. The technologist may ensure overall lab compliance with all associated rules and regulations.
- Follows overall research objectives, independently designs, plans, conducts and troubleshoots experiments.
- Evaluates protocols and data obtained from groups of experiments and recommends changes to processes, procedures and techniques to improve quality and validity of results based upon overall project objectives.
- Uses an advanced level of skill, completes the following activities:
- Molecular Biology:
- DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression
- Southern, Northern, Western blotting
- PCR, RT-PCR
- Plasmid preparation
- Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
- Recombinant virus production and purification
- Cellular Biology:
- Cell culture, cell isolation
- Functional studies
- Tissue fixation/processing: embedding, preparation of blocks and sectioning, staining
- Flow cytometry
- Cytokine assay
- Antibody production and purification
- Breeding and screening transgenic mice
- Blood collection
- Surgical procedures
- Database management of colony
- Observes experiments, collects, records, summarizes, analyzes and interprets research data.
- Collates relevant mathematical results.
- Prepares complex tables reflecting relationships of multiple tests.
- Draws scientific conclusions.
- Writes portions of grant applications.
- Co-authors scientific papers.
- Tracks and summarizes lab supply expenses.
- Verifies accuracy of invoices.
- Orders and/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice and/or lab supplies.
- Trains and directs other lab EEs and/or students in research techniques and procedures.
- 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 and 3 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience required; OR
- Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 1 year lab/bench or other relevant experience.
- 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.
- Manual dexterity.
- Molecular biology, nucleic acid analysis, animal husbandry and colony management.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.