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Director of Mass Spectrometry (50% effort) and Associate Director (50% effort) of the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)

Job Summary: 

The Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University (NU) has a single open position encompassing the roles of Director of Mass Spectrometry (50% effort) and Associate Director (50% effort) within the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC).

IMSERC maintains a suite of mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers and X-Ray diffractometers needed to support research within the Department of Chemistry and, more generally, NU. IMSERC also provides support for targeted MS quantitation of drug and drug metabolites through the Clinical Pharmacology Core ( The mass spectrometry laboratory maintains a fleet of 11 instruments that include GC-MS, LC-MS and MALDI MS spectrometers.

As the Director of Mass Spectrometry, the successful candidate will manage a team of three staff. The team has responsibility for training walk-up users (typically synthetic chemists, engineers and biologists), fee-for-service HRMS analysis, and fee-for-service bioanalytical assay development, analysis, and study design. The successful candidate will also have educational responsibilities within the broad remit of mass spectrometry.

As the Associate Director of IMSERC, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations within the facility. In addition, this person will be responsible for assisting the Director in budget planning, instrumentation development, and the general strategic direction of IMSERC itself.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit their CV, a cover letter that describes how their skill set meets the requirements of both roles, and contact information for 3 references to Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This position is not posted on NU's careers website.


The responsibilities of the Associate Director of IMSERC include:

  • Implementing the staffing model, pricing structure and policies governing safe and effective research within IMSERC.
  • Managing the facility on a day-to-day basis to ensure that user needs are met and the lab operates in a professional manner.
  • Providing an escalation path when samples cannot be analyzed in a reasonable amount of time or instrumentation will be down for an extended period of time.  
  • Assisting the Director in the preparation of compliance-related, grant-required, and faculty-requested reports.
  • Marketing IMSERC services to target audiences inside and outside NU.
  • Assisting with graduate and undergraduate classes as requested by NU faculty.
  • Represent IMSERC, the Department of Chemistry, and NU in a professional and positive manner.

The responsibilities of the Director of Mass Spectrometry include:

  • Configuring the instrumentation in order to maximize the number of samples that can be analyzed by students in a 24x7 open laboratory environment.
  • Developing protocols and assays needed to efficiently analyze biological and materials samples using mass spectrometry.
  • Helping IMSERC users choose the appropriate mass spectrometric techniques for analyzing their samples and assisting in the interpretation of results.
  • Serving as the IMSERC primary outreach contact to biological users on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses.
  • Assisting IMSERC staff with mass spectrometer maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Developing training methodology to enable users to perform more complex mass spectrometry based experiments.
  • Assisting staff with training users to operate the routine IMSERC mass spectrometers.
  • Assisting with graduate-level courses and seminars on the proper use of the instrumentation and interpretation of results.
  • Actively participating in authoring scholarly articles with other faculty in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Attending conferences to give presentations on research at NU.
  • Assisting the IMSERC Director in the identification and procurement of state-of-the-art instrumentation (including assisting with writing proposals for grants to purchase this type of equipment).

Job Qualifications: 

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biology, or a related field with an emphasis on MS technique development. Candidates with past lab management experience, a history of maintaining instrumentation without service contracts, or a history of assay development are strongly preferred.

AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Associate Director: Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center

Job Summary: 

The Northwestern University Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center (QBIC) invites applications for a senior scientist position who lead the center into its next phase of growth and development as a national resource for bio-element imaging and analysis.  Ph.D. level and other applicants with an experience and expertise in ICP-MS and managing core facilities are encouraged to apply.  Appointment will be commensurate with education and training and experience. A research faculty appointment is available for Ph.D. level candidates.

The QBIC core facility is located in Silverman Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.  QBIC focused on the development and application of novel tools, methods, and instrumentation for the analysis and mapping of inorganic elements in biological samples.  QBIC operates under the direction of Dr. Thomas O’Halloran, Morrison Professor of Chemistry, and is the only facility in the greater Chicago area with multiple ICP systems (quadrupole ICP-MS, ICP-OES, and high resolution ICP-MS) dedicated to the analysis of biological and materials samples. Additionally, this core facility offers he only laser ablation system dedicated to mapping biological samples in the Chicago area. QBIC partners with NUAnce (Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center), to provide access to STEM-EDS measurements of elements at the ultrastructural level.  The core facility is one of eight cores overseen by Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP), and is supported by CLP’s experienced business and marketing staff.

Application instructions: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and three letters of reference to Dr. Sheila Judge (, Senior Director for Research, Education and Administration, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute;


This position requires strong organizational and technical skills, an ability to work with a diverse range of scientists and a keen interest in collaboration. The responsibilities of the Associate Director include operation and routine maintenance of facility instruments, training and supervising student users, supervision of technical staff, grant writing and advising faculty on experimental design and data analyses.

Keck Biophysics Research Technologist 1

Job ID #: 
Job Summary: 

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.

Please note: Must be able to lift equipment (max. 200 lb).

Applications can be submitted to and/or via job ID 31006)

  • Follows pre-defined protocols, policies, procedure, regulations, 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:
  • Molecular Biology
  • DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression Southern, Northern, Western blotting
  • Other
  • Spectrometry, Gel Imaging, Affinity Chromatography.
  • Records test results and may maintain databases.  
  • Completes standard and routine clerical duties such as copying, filing, data entry, word processing, etc. 
  • Maintains inventory of reagents and lab supplies.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications: 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • HS diploma or equivalent and some basic science courses is required.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • BA in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences or Physics.

Skills and Abilities Required: 

Minimum Competencies:

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques, buffer  preparation, concentration measurements.
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of graphic analysis and curve fitting procedures.
  • Experience in computer maintenance.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Experience working in a chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology laboratory.
  • Tutoring or teaching experience.
  • Experience with one or more of the following techniques: HPLC, SEC/GPC, Fluorescence, Binding Titrations, Calorimetry, Light Scattering, CD.

TTML Post-doctoral Research Associate

Job Summary: 

The Northwestern University Transgenic and Targeted Mutagenesis Laboratory (TTML) is looking for a scientist with a strong background in molecular biology to focus on the development and expansion of genome editing and molecular cloning technologies within an academic core facility.  Extensive experience in molecular biology with an emphasis on gene editing (CRISPR), molecular cloning, and gene targeting technologies in mouse or other vertebrate models is essential. The ideal candidate will be highly self-motivated, will maintain familiarity with current advances in gene editing technologies and will have strong communication skills. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to consultation with investigators; transgenic, gene targeting, and CRISPR vector design and construction; generation and purification of plasmid and BAC DNA; and continued development of gene editing molecular technologies such as CRISPR and RMCE.

This is a great opportunity for an individual interested in building a molecular biology core component in the context of generating genetic animal models within an academic community.

Applicants will be considered at a Post-doctoral, Research Associate, and Research Assistant Professor level.  Level will be commensurate with experience.

Please send a cover letter, CV to


Job Qualifications: 
  • PhD in molecular biology or life sciences preferably with 3 years of post-graduate experience, or MS with 5-6 years of molecular biology experience with expertise in molecular cloning
  • Minimum of 3-4 years working in molecular biology related field, preferably with gene targeting/transgenic vector design and CRISPR-based approaches
Skills and Abilities Required: 
  • Demonstrated expertise in molecular cloning
  • Extensive knowledge of molecular biology, embryology and genome editing
  • Comprehensive understanding of all steps required to generate genetically modified animal models
  • Excellent communication skills in addition to a strong desire to excel
  • Demonstrated expertise working with plasmid and BAC DNA
  • Ability to work independently and on a self-directed basis
  • Experience with mice; preferably with transgenic and KO models
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Dedication to team work is essential

Facility Manager / Research Associate

Job Summary: 
We are looking for a talented individual who will work with researchers at all levels, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, faculty, from both within and external to the university, to operate a newly acquired, state-of-the-art Pulsed Laser Deposition instrument (PVD Products PLD/MBE-2300). This system is integrated with a number of advanced features including in situ RHEED for monitoring of film growth characteristics, RF biased sputtering for substrate preparation, and capabilities for the creation of combinatorial libraries.


Application Procedure:

Materials should be submitted as a single PDF to Complete applications will include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Summary of Research Accomplishments (2 to 4 pages)
  • Contact information for three references (name, postal and email addresses, phone number)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the search is closed. A decision is anticipated by the end of July 2015.

Job responsibilities will focus on training and assisting users on film growth, including offering frequent training sessions, maintaining user records, servicing the instrument, performing calibrations, ensuring lab safety, and communicating with the manufacturer to solve any operational issues. The research associate will also be expected to assist users in performing specialized experiments, to provide input for annual reports, and to engage the broader public through occasional outreach events. Beyond providing service to the research community, the research associate will have ample opportunity for independent and collaborative research, leading to joint or independent publications and the creation of intellectual property.
Job Qualifications: 
Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering or Physics, or a related field, and at least 2 years of experience in film growth and characterization. The candidate will also have exceptional problem solving and organizational skills and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with users, vendors and collaborators. Experience with the specific instrument described above will be an advantage, but is not necessary.  With the expected installation of the instrument in the summer of 2015, preference will be given to those candidates with direct experience in film growth by pulsed laser deposition.