The Research Technologist 2 conducts experimental research lab work and/or assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). This role may complete mathematical calculations, and/or computer tasks and/or assist in judging validity of data. This role follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices. This role participates in laboratory management, maintenance, and ordering.
Please note: Laboratory environment includes both BSL-2 and BSL-3 conditions and work with bacterial pathogens potentially harmful to humans. Under some conditions, the use of personnel protective equipment including respirators (both N95 and PAPR) is required.
- Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
- Analyzes and troubleshoots protocols and data obtained from individual experiments and recommends alternatives and suggestions to improve processes, validity and/or accuracy.
- Using a fully functioning 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
- Maintenance and propagation of bacterial cultures
- Media preparation Animal:
- Breeding and screening transgenic mice
- Blood collection
- Surgical procedures
- Database management of colony
- 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.
- Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.
- Performs general and BSL-3 laboratory maintenance tasks as needed. May track and summarize lab supply expenses and/or verify accuracy of invoices. May order and/or maintain inventory of reagent, mice, and/or lab supplies.
- Directs or instructs other laboratory personnel or students in research techniquest or 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.
- Ability to pass an FBI security risk assessment (SRA) and all other applicable personnel reliability program evaluations. (A Security Risk Assessment (SRA) is required for all individuals who have access to select agents or toxins, including principal investigators, laboratory staff, and some maintenance personnel).
- 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.
- Willingness to work with animals (mice).
- Willingness to work in a BSL-3 laboratory with select agent bacteria.
- Demonstrated laboratory experience in the areas of molecular biology, cell biology, and at least 1 to 3 years of laboratory experience.
- Knowledge of library research tools and scientific terminology.
- Interest in training new and temporary student workers in lab.
- Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal skills.
- Experience working with mice.
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. 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.