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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 (s-judge@northwestern.edu), Senior Director for Research, Education and Administration, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute;  http://clp.northwestern.edu

Responsibilities: 

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.

Mass Spectrometrist - Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC)

Job Summary: 

The Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University has an opening for the Mass Spectrometry Lab Manager of the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC), which maintains mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers and X-Ray diffractometers needed to support research within the Department of Chemistry and NU. In addition, IMSERC supports undergraduate education through management of small equipment that is needed as part of the undergraduate curriculum (optical spectroscopy, ICP OES, HPLC, etc.). For a complete list of equipment, visit: http://imserc.northwestern.edu/. The mass spectrometry lab maintains a fleet of 11 instruments that includes GC-MS, LC-MS and MALDI MS spectrometers as well as the small instruments needed to support educational activities. The MS Lab Manager will lead a team responsible for training walkup users (typically synthetic chemists, engineers and biologists), fee for service HRMS analysis and fee for service bioanalytical assay development, analysis and study design.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit CV and contact information for 3 references by email to: IMSERC-ofc@northwestern.edu. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This position is not posted on NU's careers website.

Responsibilities: 

The Mass Spectrometry Lab Manager is responsible for day to day management of the lab and strategic planning which includes:

  • Configuring the instrumentation in order to maximize the number of samples that can be analyzed by students in a 24x7 open laboratory environment
  • Providing efficient, high quality sample analysis with all types of mass spectrometer in the IMSERC
  • Performing maintenance and troubleshooting for the IMSERC mass spectrometers
  • Providing consultation to IMSERC users to choose the appropriate mass spectrometric techniques for analyzing their samples and to assist in interpretation of results
  • 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 IMSERC Director in the identification and procurement of state-of-the-art instrumentation (including assisting in the writing proposals for grants to purchase this type of equipment)
Job Qualifications: 

Applicants should have completed a PhD in Chemistry, Biology, or a related field with an emphasis on MS technique development. Past lab management experience, history maintaining instrumentation without service contracts and history of assay development strongly preferred. This position is at the Research Associate level, is full time and benefits eligible.

Director of the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center(IMSERC)

Job Summary: 

The Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University has an opening for the Director of the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) which maintains mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers and X-Ray diffractometers needed to support research within the Department of Chemistry and NU. In addition, IMSERC supports undergraduate education through management of small equipment that is needed as part of the undergraduate curriculum (optical spectroscopy, ICP OES, HPLC, etc.). For a complete list of equipment, visit: http://imserc.northwestern.edu/.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit CV and contact information for 3 references by email to: IMSERC-ofc@northwestern.edu. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This position is not posted on NU's careers website.

Responsibilities: 

Primary Responsibilities

 

The Director is responsible for day to day management of the lab, collaborating with faculty with analytical needs and working with the IMSERC oversight committee to develop long term equipment roadmaps and business plans. The IMSERC Director:

  • Defines staffing model, pricing structure and policies governing safely and effectively conducting research within IMSERC
  • Proposes operational budget that is compliant with federal cost accounting standards
  • Manages technique experts on a day to day basis to ensure user/student needs are met and that lab operates in a professional manner
  • Prioritizes equipment acquisition through targeted purchases and grants
  • Provides escalation path when samples cannot be analyzed in a reasonable time or instrumentation will be down for extensive periods of time.
  • Prepares reports needed by faculty, and OR needed to ensure future grant eligibility and demonstrate compliance for users performing analyses in IMSERC
  • Ensures IMSERC services are marketed to target audiences inside and outside IMSERC
  • Assists with graduate and undergraduate classes as requested by NU faculty
  • Actively seeks funding for new projects and equipment to both further science at NU and develop new (or maintain existing), sustainable revenue streams
  • Represents IMSERC, the Department of Chemistry and NU in a professional and positive manner
Job Qualifications: 

Applicants should have completed a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Education, or a related field. Past lab management experience, demonstrated expertise with MS, NMR or X-Ray instrument maintenance/training and history of successful grant preparation strongly preferred. This position is a continuing faculty position with an initial appointment of two years. It is full time and benefits eligible.

Keck Biophysics Research Technologist 1

Job ID #: 
31006
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 a-grigorescu@northwestern.edu and/or via https://careers.northwestern.edu/ job ID 31006)

Responsibilities: 
  • 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
  • PCR, RT-PCR
  • 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 ttml@northwestern.edu.

 

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 w-kung@northwestern.edu. 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.

Responsibilities: 
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.