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rPPC Research Associate

Job ID #: 
33196
Job Summary: 

The Recombinant Protein Production Core (rPPC) at Northwestern University has an opening for a Research Associate.
The rPPC provides quality controlled recombinant proteins for researchers within the Northwestern and researchers from industry and other academics. rPPC is a user-facility; the facility has parallel bioreactor systems for multiplexed lab-scale cultivation of microbial, insect, and mammalian cells. rPPC also serves as a production facility, providing low-cost recombinant biologics for researchers at Northwestern University.
This position works closely with the co-directors and peers to manage, develop and implement non-bacterial expression systems, large scale recombinant antibodies production and purification, by applying wide range of analytical methods, including WB, ELISA, DLS. This position interacts and collaborates with PIs, students, and external users, provides training, and instruction on protocols and technologies used.
Please note: Working in a laboratory environment.  Must adhere to policies and procedures Northwestern University’s Office for Research Safety, including wearing appropriate attire for laboratory work.

Responsibilities: 
  • Recombinant protein expression in bacterial, mammalian and insect expression systems
  • Protein purification applying various FPLC strategies
  • Protein characterization by various protein analytical techniques and binding assays (NanoDrop, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, ELISA etc.)
  • Plasmid DNA propagation and isolation
  • Routine maintenance of eukaryotic cell cultures
  • Routine buffer and sample preparation
  • Training and assisting customers on lab equipment use, expression of recombinant proteins, purification strategies and techniques
  • Data management and writing reports to
  • Updating and creating new SOPs (standard operating procedures)
Job Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related discipline.
  • 2. At least one year experience in protein expression, purification and characterization.
Skills and Abilities Required: 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines
  • Strong problem solving
  • Excellent aseptic skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Competencies

  • Previous experience working in core facility

SQI - BioNanotechnology - Core Technician

Job ID #: 
33068
Job Summary: 

Performs standard operating procedures for the Research Core Facilities of the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI). This includes the execution of research activities associated with established protocols and procedures; modifying them as needed.  Operates or guides, and trains Core users in utilizing the facility's specialized equipment and services in support of user needs.  Ensures the smooth flow and quality of daily work within the lab and ensures compliance in regard to University, sponsor, and federal rules and regulations.

SQI is headquartered on the Chicago campus and manages additional laboratories on the Evanston campus.  The Institute includes the Center for Regenerative Nanomedicine (CRN), the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES), and the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics (CBIE).  CRN is supported by an endowment provided to Northwestern by the Querrey Simpson Charitable Foundation, CBES is supported by an Energy Frontier Research Centers grant from the Department of Energy, and CBIE is supported by additional endowment funds.

Please note: The candidate will work in both chemistry, biology, and materials science laboratory environments.

Responsibilities: 

Scientific

  • Plans, conducts, and evaluates experiments and assays of low-to-moderate complexities.
  • Operates automated solid phase peptide synthesizers, mass spectrometers, and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) instrumentation.
  • Provides training, assistance, monitoring, and support for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers on operation of Core Facility equipment.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of protocols and guiding principles, and applies the protocols to experiments.
  • Calculates, records, compiles, and reports data.
  • Engages in problem-solving, relative to daily lab activities.

Technical

  • Maintains instrumentation and equipment used in services provided by the Core Facility.
  • Understands and follows all equipment manuals.
  • Maintains and performs basic equipment repairs, in compliance with manufacturer and University guidelines.                                                                                                              
  • Troubleshoots instrumentation and equipment problems.
  • Cleans and performs general maintenance on equipment.
  • Executes and facilitates delivery of specialized services.
  • Ensures compliance with all University, sponsor and federal rules and regulations.
  • Using a fully functioning level of skill, completes the following activities:
    • Molecular Biology
      • PCR, RT-PCR
    • Cellular Biology
      • Cell culture
      • Immunofluorescence assays
      • Image analysis and quantification
    • Chemistry
      • Performs organic chemistry
      • Column chromatography
      • Chromatography
      • HPLC
      • NMR
      • Mass spectrometry
      • Solid phase extraction
    • Microscopy Immunology
      • ELISA
      • Equipment Used
      • Analytical balance
      • Autoclave
      • Centrifuge
      • Gel Imager
      • PCR Machine
      • pH meter
      • UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
      • Scintillation counter
      • pH meter, plate reader

Training

  • May assist in the training of technicians and trainees including students.                                                                         
  • Trains Researchers in instrument and equipment operation.

Administration

  • May enter services for billing purposes in the Core Facility's automated service/ billing system.                                                                                                                                                              
  • Compiles information for billing with accuracy.
  • May assist in invoicing clients for services rendered.                                                                                                                                                               
  • Orders reagents and maintains laboratory inventories.
  • Documents all work accurately and completely.

Collaboration

  • Interacts with both Core Staff and users.

Compliance

  • Ensures compliance with University safety protocols, relative to the use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenics.
  • Maintains sterile conditions as required.
  • Prepares reagents.

Miscellaneous

  • Completes other duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years of technical or other relevant experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 chemistry, biology, materials science, or related field; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Previous experience with peptide synthesis and HPLC.
  • Experience with general laboratory equipment maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Previous experience with PCR and plate reader instrumentation.
Skills and Abilities Required: 

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Wet lab experience in a biology, chemistry, materials science or related field.
  • 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty and student researchers.
  • Ability to train, assist, and oversee student researchers.
  • Diligent, responsible, excellent time management and organizational skills.

Assistant Core Scientist - Peptide Synthesis Core

Job ID #: 
32239
Job Summary: 

Reporting to the Core Facility Director, the Assistant Core Scientist is responsible for ensuring the completion of research projects within the Peptide Synthesis Core Facility, which is part of the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI). The Assistant Core Scientist provides services and consultation to researchers and investigators, facilitates highly technical and specialized scientific research, and guides the Core in relevant areas to ensure consistent, high quality service for the research community. Key responsibilities include design and execution of peptide synthesis, organic synthesis, HPLC purification, mass spectrometry and other related laboratory duties in a service-based environment. Independently conducts experiments, carries out procedures and processes, and analyzes data. Troubleshoots and revises existing methodologies and develops new experimental methodologies. Provides user support, training, and consultation with graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and principle investigators. May participate in grant writing as well as marketing and outreach programs for the facility and may assist in the development and implementation of GLP/GMP protocols

SQI is headquartered on the Chicago campus and manages additional laboratories on the Evanston campus.  The Institute includes the Center for Regenerative Nanomedicine (CRN), the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES), and the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics (CBIE).  CRN is supported by an endowment provided to Northwestern by the Querrey Simpson Charitable Foundation, CBES is supported by an Energy Frontier Research Centers grant from the Department of Energy, and CBIE is supported by additional endowment funds.

*A cover letter is required for full consideration*

Please Note: This candidate will work in a chemistry laboratory environment. Occasionally a flexible work schedule may be required.

Responsibilities: 

echnical

  • Applies relevant science to Core technologies and applications including:
    • Manual and automated peptide synthesis,
    • Analytical and preparatory HPLC,
    • Mass Spectrometry including LCMS,
    • Rotary Evaporation,
    • Lyophilization,
    • Organic synthesis,
    • Project consultation.
  • Utilizes advanced knowledge of applications, principles, theories, and concepts to design and troubleshoot projects for the research community.
  • Troubleshoots problems with procedures and equipment, and suggests adjustments to protocols.
  • Works on advanced problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  • Exercises judgement within defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques.
  • Trains Core staff and clients in advanced instrument operation and applications.

Administration

  • Maintains clear and accurate documentation of the protocols, instrumentation logs, and/or data collected.
  • Maintains established laboratory inventories.
  • Places orders.
  • Records work accurately and completely.
  • May contribute to grant writing.
  • Participates or develops cost analyses.
  • Assists with administrative duties necessary for a fee-for-service facility operation such as collecting and/ or entering facility billing data.
  • Utilizes established safety practices, and is responsible for providing a safe work environment for fellow employees and clients.
  • Consults and interacts with users to help plan experiments.
  • Assists the Core Director in developing, implementing, and maintaining GLP/GMP compliance protocols.

Collaboration/Strategy

  • Participates in the identification of Core facility needs.
  • Provides input during goal setting processes.
  • Demonstrates a sound, working knowledge of techniques in other laboratories in order to provide cross-over assistance to clients.
  • Assists in the organization of in-house and/ or off-site training.
  • Participates in the delivery of presentations, seminars, and workshops.
  • Networks with key decision-makers within the research community.

Data Analysis

  • Performs literature reviews for the purposes of furthering research and Core specific activities.
  • May contribute data analysis for researchers.
  • Assists in the development of new analytical techniques and methodologies.

Supervision

  • Trains and provides oversight to lower-level Core staff and clients.

Miscellaneous

  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years of relevant domain expertise;
  • 4 years of technical or other relevant experience.
Job Qualifications: 

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Data presentation skills, computer skills, including spreadsheets and basic computations;
  • Experimental design ability.
  • Wet chemistry laboratory experience;
  • Attention to detail, accurate record-keeping and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others in a team environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with strong customer service orientation

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Biochemistry, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering or related fields and 2 years practical lab/bench experience.
  • Previous experience with organic synthesis, solid phase peptide synthesis, and HPLC;
  • Experience with advanced laboratory equipment maintenance and troubleshooting.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty and student researchers;
  • Ability to train, assist, and oversee student and postdoctoral researchers;
  • Ability to plan, execute, and track multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to adapt in a changing environment toward efficiently completing goals and tasks;
  • May need to influence others without direct authority;
  • GLP/GMP experience/familiarity a plus.
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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.

NUFAB Research Associate

Job Summary: 

Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB) is seeking qualified and motivated applicants to work in its new multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art 6000 ft2 cleanroom facility. As a member of the Soft and Hybrid Nanoscale Experimental (SHyNE) Resource, a node of the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) and Northwestern’s recent recruitment of world-renowned microfabrication faculty, NUFAB is going through a phenomenal growth phase. Under direction of Northwestern’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization and Experimental (NUANCE) Center and in close association with the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) and The International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN), NUFAB expects to continue to lead the Midwest region in micro- and nanofabrication discovery, innovation and development.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to develop professionally and contribute in many ways, including: developing processes on newly acquired microfabrication equipment, training and assisting graduate students, post-docs, and external users of the facility, and interacting with the NUFAB staff and faculty. The successful candidate will develop a career path at Northwestern University with the possibility of becoming research faculty, a position that will enable submission and management of equipment acquisition and/or development projects, as well as mentoring of students and post-docs working under those projects.

Please email CV and Research Statement (1 page) to: nufab@northwestern.edu

Responsibilities: 

The research associate will be responsible for assisting internal and external users of the facility with equipment training and use, process support, and safe operation of the facility. This includes teaching safety and cleanroom protocol, writing and updating standard operating procedures (SOPs), training users on microfabrication and characterization equipment, developing new processes, performing equipment installations/maintenance/repair, providing safety oversight and support, performing microfabrication for funded projects and other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications: 

Ph.D. degree in Engineering or Science with background in MEMS or semiconductor micro/nano fabrication and hands-on process development and equipment experience. Candidates with M.S. degree plus several years of suitable experience may also be considered.

Skills and Abilities Required: 

The preferred candidate will have demonstrated expertise in microfabrication equipment as well as process development. The equipment experience should include fundamental understanding of the principles of the equipment operation, experience of equipment modification, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair. The process experience should be on both microfabrication and characterization tools. Experience working in cleanroom environment is also required. The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to provide hands-on training for microfabrication and characterization equipment. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in chemical and cleanroom equipment safety. The successful candidate will be customer-oriented and will contribute towards improving the operation of the facility.

rPPC Assistant Director

Job ID #: 
31095
Job Summary: 

The Recombinant Protein Production Core (rPPC) provides quality controlled recombinant proteins for researchers within the Northwestern and researchers from industry and other academics. rPPC is a user-facility; the facility has parallel bioreactor systems for multiplexed lab-scale cultivation of microbial, insect, and mammalian cells. rPPC also serves as a production facility, providing low-cost recombinant biologics for researchers at Northwestern University.
The Assistant Director manages the day-to-day operations and outreach activities of the Recombinant Protein Production Core. The Assistant Director is responsible for continuously improving rPPC’s financial performance, providing high quality services and developing new users within Northwestern community and in other academics and/or industries. The Assistant Director reports to the Co-Directors, manages 2 core staff, and provides training to core users.

Application Procedure:
Application can be submitted to chunhui.ye1@northwestern.edu (in the subject line, must indicate Application-rPPC, Assistant Director); or via NU’s career site https://careers.northwestern.edu/
Complete application 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)

Responsibilities: 

Scientific
1. Expression and purification of proteins using diverse expressions systems (bacteria, yeast, mammalian and especially insect);
2. Expression and purification of proteins using 1L + bioreactor systems;
3. Purification of proteins expressed using these systems;
4. Purification of proteins at the pilot scale; Scale-up of bench-top methods to produce gram quantities of protein;
5. Analytical methodologies required for protein characterization;
6. Providing hands-on-training to researchers on equipment use;
7. Providing quality controlled recombinant proteins for researchers within the Northwestern Community (WCAS, McCormick, Feinberg) and also academic and industry researchers outside of Northwestern University;
8. Maintain instrument; troubleshoot when problem arise.

Administration, Finance and Outreach
1. Supervise and train core staff, evaluate staff performance;
2. Prepare cost studies, core annual reports and other reporting requirement/applications as needed;
3. Advise users on experimental design and data analyses, prepare project quotes;
4. Oversee core billing/purchasing/payment/inventory;
5. Oversee project management and accounts receivable;
6. Assist in developing grant proposals;
7. Marketing and outreach for rPPC to academic users and industries to develop new users.

 

Job Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications
1. Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Bimolecular Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or related discipline of research;
2. Experience with scaled-up biologics production (pro-and eukaryotic expression systems), upgraded bioreactor fermentation system, FPLC, hybridoma and phage display antibody technology;
3. Ability to thrive in a quality controlled customer service environment;
4. Ability to manage a small team of direct reports;
5. Ability to troubleshoot when problems arise.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Experience in managing core facility;
2. Experience in academic environment.

Skills and Abilities Required: 

Minimum Competencies:
1. Experience with the job functions listed above;
2. Able to independently interact with clients and assist with de novo design of experimental plans for both expression and purification;
3. Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to deadlines.

 

NUANCE Senior Electron Microscopy & Imaging Specialist

Job ID #: 
30202
Job Summary: 

Senior Microscopy & Imaging Specialist primary responsibilities include designing and delivering the training of new SEM (scanning electron microscope) users, supporting their skill development; providing technical support and collaborative assistance to users on their projects; maintaining the facility and instruments, and performing analysis for external users.  The EPIC (Electron Probe Instrumentation Center) facility includes five SEMs (with varying accessories and capabilities including EDS, WDS, EBSD, lithography systems, hot/cold stages, etc.), four TEMs and one FEI dual beam FIB.

Responsibilities: 

Training 

  • Designs all training programs and educational materials
  • Trains new SEM users on instrument use and lab safety: train small groups of new users, giving them the opportunity to operate the microscope and support equipment independently. 
  • Provides high level training with advanced users in techniques such as EBSD and WDS. 
  • Instructs on safe practices in operating instrument and in lab. Monitors all users for safe and appropriate instrument and lab use; addresses any improper instrument usage, research-safety, and risk-management concerns.
  • Reviews and updates existing materials for SEM lab sessions and other users.
  • rials for equipment usage including written documents as well as video modules.     
  • Develops instructional mate

Technical Support

  • Provides technical support for all SEM users, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty and external users. 
  • Conveys instructions clearly to a large number of diverse users with all levels of experience. 
  • Supports all users on SEM-related instruments in Sample Preparation Facility (SPF), and other equipment as necessary.  

Administrative

  • Maintains SEM equipment and the lab area in good condition; works with instrument vendor service staff to maximize instrument “up time” to promote high level of service to the facility users. 
  • Assists supervisor in preparations for laboratory instruction for undergraduate and graduate courses;
  • Continuously monitors and tracks the proper function and reliability of the SEM and related sample preparation instruments; places service calls promptly and tracks completion of attendant repairs and maintenance; develops and maintains systems for communicating instrument status to facility users and management staff.  
  • Conducts tours and demonstrations for internal student and faculty groups, industry representatives, prospective students and faculty, faculty and groups from other universities, and other visitors; prepares lab and materials ahead of such tours; represents Northwestern University according to the stated research and education mission to the public in this outreach function.
  • Prepares publication quality images and other materials (posters, etc.) for education, outreach, and facility visibility; assists in educating existing and potential users on the applications and benefits of specific instruments and the shared university facility in general.
  • Schedules lab sessions for student groups. Prepares appropriate samples for lab sessions, and performs other activities in support of the efficient use of limited time-periods available to work with users from classes.
  • Performs services including: sample preparation, SEM imaging, microanalysis and data analysis for both internal (Northwestern) and regional external (academic, non-profit, industry and government representatives) researchers who may not be trained to use a specific instrument or interpret the resulting data). Follows all National Science Foundation guidelines for working with regional external users.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications: (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)

  • Associates in Materials Science, Engineering or equivalent technical training in science/engineering discipline.
  • Interest in instrumentation and microscopy.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Customer focus – going out of the way to be helpful and pleasant while striving to meet all users’ needs
  • Communication – ability to speak and write clearly and accurately while keeping others informed
  • Collegiality – team oriented, promoting a positive work environment while building stron working relationships;
  • Coachability – receptive to feedback and embracing an environment of continuous improvement
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of basic science principles.
  • Ability to work with complex machines and teach skills to others

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Bachelors in Materials Science, Engineering or related discipline.
  • One-year experience in a technical position.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Efficiency – ability to plan ahead, manage time well and suggesting ideas to improve processes
  • Initiative – taking ownership of work, acting without direct supervision and implementing systems to ensure follow through
  • Leadership – ability to set clear expectations, monitoring and reviewing progress while providing feedback and guidance to colleagues
  • Minimum + knowledge of materials science and engineering principles at college graduate level, including some background in nanotechnology. 
  • Ability to instruct others on instrument use, scientific principles, and safety and desire to work with laboratory instruments. 
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new information quickly and to be able to assimilate it into a base of knowledge.
Employment Status: 
Full-Time

NUFAB Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

Job Summary: 

Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility (NUFAB) is seeking qualified and motivated applicants to work in its new multimillion dollar, state-of-the-art 6000 ft2 cleanroom facility. As a member of the Soft and Hybrid Nanoscale Experimental (SHyNE) Resource, a node of the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) and Northwestern’s recent recruitment of world-renowned microfabrication faculty, NUFAB is going through a phenomenal growth phase. Under direction of Northwestern’s Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization and Experimental (NUANCE) Center and in close association with the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) and The International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN), NUFAB expects to continue to lead the Midwest region in micro- and nanofabrication discoveries and development.

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to develop professionally and contribute in many ways, including: developing processes on newly acquired microfabrication equipment, training and assisting graduate students, post-docs, and external users of the facility, and interacting with the NUFAB staff and faculty. This position is for one year with the possibility of changing into a permanent position. The permanent position will provide the opportunity to develop a career path at Northwestern University with the possibility of becoming research faculty, a position that will enable submission and management of equipment acquisition and/or development projects, as well as mentoring of students and post-docs working under those projects.

Please email CV and Research Statement (1 page) to: nufab@northwestern.edu

Responsibilities: 

The research associate will be responsible for assisting internal and external users of the facility with equipment training and use, process support, and safe operation of the facility. This includes teaching safety and cleanroom protocol, writing and updating standard operating procedures (SOPs), training users on microfabrication and characterization equipment, developing new processes, performing equipment installations/maintenance/repair, providing safety oversight and support, performing microfabrication for funded projects and other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications: 

Ph.D. degree in Engineering or Science with background in MEMS or semiconductor micro/nano fabrication and hands-on process development and equipment experience. Candidates with M.S. degree plus several years of suitable experience may also be considered.

Skills and Abilities Required: 

The preferred candidate will have demonstrated expertise in microfabrication equipment as well as process development. The equipment experience should include fundamental understanding of the principles of the equipment operation, experience of equipment modification, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair. The process experience should be on both microfabrication and characterization tools. Experience working in cleanroom environment is also required. The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to provide hands-on training for microfabrication and characterization equipment. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in chemical and cleanroom equipment safety. The successful candidate will be customer-oriented and will contribute towards improving the operation of the facility.

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.

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