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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.