Position: Temporary Research Tech Hours: This is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week/ 8:30am-5pm / M-F) Pay: $19.00 per hour Campus: Evanston Approximate start date: ASAP Approximate end date: TBD
*May need to work evenings and weekends*
Northwestern University is seeking a temporary Full-time Research Tech for the Evanston campus.
Temporary Job Description:
The temporary Research Tech position participates in design and execution of teaching lab projects. Conducts experimental tests and procedures, and analyzes data. Reviews and revises existing research methodologies and develop new methodologies for the lab courses. Ensure overall lab compliance with rules and regulations.
Perform the functions of the lead teaching assistant and course manager for Molecular Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering laboratory courses. On-board and train teaching assistants and students and be an educational resource for them. Coordinate daily operations of the teaching laboratory and work with equipment such as bench scale bioreactors, tangential flow filtration systems, centrifuges, qPCR machines, plate readers, metabolite analyzer, automated western blot, flow cytometer, and chromatography systems. Independently develop new experiments for the lab courses in molecular biotechnology, and bioprocess engineering. Perform scientific literature searches and synthesize literature information. Implement, and manage e-notebooks, and statistical experimental design software, and laboratory information systems. Manage cell banks, supplies and inventory, and coordinate usage of equipment. Ensure that the lab is compliant with NU’s lab safety guidelines, maintain the necessary safety documentation, and ensure all lab members are compliant, be the point person for lab safety, and function as the lab safety designate. Manage lab budget. Develop teaching modules and co-ordinate with other labs as needed. May co-author scientific papers for presentations and publications.
Following overall project 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.
Act as a lead teaching assistant and course manager for laboratory courses.
Ensure lab members including students are compliant with NU safety guidelines.
Develop new and/or revised experiments for molecular biology, and bioprocess engineering laboratory courses.
Ensure smooth operation of all laboratory equipment.
Manage electronic lab notebooks and scientific software
Manage master and working cell banks and periodically check viability and productivity.
An advanced level in many of the stated skills is required:
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression
Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
Mammalian and bacterial cell culture, cell line screening, automated cell counting,
Develop new experiments. Collaborate with other labs and core facilities to develop new experimental modules.
Co-authors scientific papers.
Oversee operation of the teaching laboratory.
Train and onboard new teaching assistants and students on a regular basis.
Coordinate collaborations with core facilities within or outside NU to develop experiments for the lab courses.
Manage student feedback and continuous course improvement.
Negotiates purchases with vendors.
Tracks and summarizes lab supply expenses.
Orders and/or maintains inventory of reagent, and/or lab supplies.
Oversees laboratory supply and inventory.
Negotiates rates for use of core facilities.
Manages the teaching laboratory budget.
Trains and directs other lab EEs and/or students in research techniques and procedures.
Assign duties to teaching assistants in consultation with faculty members. Mentor new teaching assistants and be an educational resource for them.
Manage work study and temporary workers in the lab.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Bachelor of Science in a basic science or engineering and 3 years’ experience; or 5 years practical lab/bench experience; or a Master of Science in a basic science or engineering and 1 year experience is required.
Must complete NU's safety training before starting experiments.
Must complete NU’s financial services training before starting to manage lab finances.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Experience in mammalian and bacterial cell culture, and a wide variety of molecular biology and bioprocess engineering lab skills. Knowledge in data analysis and documentation using MS Office. Awareness with academic safety compliance. Ability to work with students, teaching assistants, and internal partners.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent project and time management skills.
Excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills with strong commitment to deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Work experience in a biological sciences and engineering or related laboratory.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Exposure to good laboratory practices, experience in using electronic lab notebooks, experience in mentoring students and student workers.
MS Office suite 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Northwestern University seeks to employ a varied and diverse range of dynamic people who understand the importance of our mission and vision. When you consider a temporary opportunity at Northwestern University, you know that you are joining an institution with a deep history of academic, professional and personal development.
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.
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 highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.