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CAM Senior Research Technologist

Job ID #: 

30088

Job Summary: 

The Center for Advanced Microscopy is seeking to hire a confocal microscopy technologist.  This individual would be responsible for supporting and maintaining our confocal laser scanning microscopes.  This includes training scientists to independently use the confocal microscopes located within the Nikon Imaging Center at Northwestern University (one of 3 nationwide).  This individual must have significant microscopy experience, and also be able to help facility users with experimental planning and troubleshooting.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will also have an understanding of optics and microscopy operation to aid in troubleshooting, as well as experience managing shared instrumentation.  Additional duties include weekly microscope cleaning, maintenance and interaction with service personnel.  

This position conducts complex experimental research in a research lab, functioning as a specialist or technical expert.  The incumbent may manage one or more phase(s) of a major project(s) or all activities of a small project.  This person may ensure overall lab compliance with all associated rules and regulations.

Responsibilities: 

  • Acting as a technical expert or specialist in a particular field within a research lab, establishes and optimizes protocols and coordinates conduct of multiple complex experiments.
  • Reviews results and revises protocols as necessary to ensure that project objectives are attained.
  • Using an expert level of skill, completes the following activities:
    • Molecular Biology:
      • DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression  
      • Southern, Northern, Western blotting
      • PCR, RT-PCR
      • Plasmid preparation
      • Cloning, mapping and sequencing of DNA
      • Recombinant virus production and purification
    • Cellular Biology:
      • Cell culture, cell isolation
      • Functional studies
      • Transfection
    • Histology:
      • Tissue fixation/processing: embedding, preparation of blocks and sectioning, staining
      • Immunohistochemistry
    • Microscopy    Immunology:
      • Flow cytometry
      • ELISA, Elispot assay
      • Cytokine assay
      • Antibody production and purification
    • Animal:
      • Husbandry
      • Breeding  and screening transgenic mice
      • Dissections
      • Blood collection
      • Surgical procedures
      • Database management of colony
    • Other (please specify):
      • Confocal microscopy
      • Fluorescent microscopy

Administration

  • Oversees and manages lab databases which may include ensuring that experiments are observed and that data is collected and entered correctly.
  • Reviews and analyzes data.
  • Creates computer models, graphs, reports and summaries for use in publications, professional journals, and grant applications.  

Finance

  • Oversees repair and maintenance of all lab equipment.
  • Ensures that lab supplies are ready and available when necessary.

Supervision

  • Trains and directs residents and/or fellows.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications: 

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 in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 5 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience required; OR
  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Significant experience with confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Skills and Abilities Required: 

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

A thorough understanding of microscopy.  Extensive experience with fluorescent sample preparation and imaging.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

Experience on a Nikon system using NIS Elements is a plus.  Experience managing a shared instrument either in a core facility or a departmental shared piece of equipment. Experience imaging a large variety of samples is also desirable.

Schedule: 

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

Operations Director, Research Shop

Job ID #: 

27883

Job Summary: 

The Operations Director is responsible for the day-to-day operational, administrative, financial, and human resource functions of the Instrument Shop and Student Shop, and is expected to collaborate with the Operations Directors of Ford and Electronics Shops on both daily and strategic initiatives.

Please Note: This position has the following particular working conditions associated with it:

  • Must be able to lift, carry, push, and/or pull items weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Frequent standing, walking, stooping, and bending required.
  • Exposure to typical elements associated with a machining classroom and lab environment.
  • Work environment can be stressful at times in dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines.

Responsibilities: 

Operational:

  • Has primary oversight of both in-house and out-sourced projects.
  • Ensures optimal capacity and staff utilization in the assignment and scheduling of projects.
  • Manages shop safety programming and regulatory compliance.
  • Develops and monitors training programs for users.
  • Coordinates health, safety, and risk management protocols.
  • Maintains OSHA compliance.
  • Determines routine and incidental equipment service and maintenance needs.

Administrative:

  • Responsible for prioritizing scheduling, tracking and billing of both ongoing and completed projects.
  • Compiles monthly and annual reports on Shop metrics including usage, safety, and financial metrics.
  • Leads and approves major supply procurement processes.
  • Sets, monitors, and maintains supply levels.

Collaborative and Strategic:

  • Consults regularly on new projects with researchers, staff, and suppliers;
  • Drives strategic planning relative to the Shop, including but not limited to:
    • Coordination with Operations Director of Ford Shop on user training and educational initiatives.
    • Opportunities for growth and integration with the other shops.
    • Collaborates with Operations Director of Electronics Shop on projects involving relevant electronics.
    • Assures effective shop facilities coordination.

Financial:

  • Assists in the development of the Shop's annual budget.
  • Manages the budget.
  • Produces monthly and annual budget and expense reports.

Human Resource Management:

  • Serves as final approval in the candidate selection process;
  • Leads performance management activities for Staff:
  • Develops annual and quarterly performance goals.
  • Conducts annual performance reviews and proposes annual merit increases.
  • Plays a key role in determining when disciplinary action is necessary in order to maintain the standards and integrity of the Shop.

Miscellaneous:

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications: 

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 in Technology, Engineering, Machining, CNC Machining, Military Training/Education or a closely related technical degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of standard machine shop equipment and processes.
  • Working knowledge of CAD systems, packages and design processes.
  • Working knowledge of CNC processes, equipment packages and programming.
  • Working knowledge of standard shop materials for construction, and material processing.
  • Should meet minimum criteria of pertinent level of professional competence, i.e., National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials recommended. (NIMS) administers performance-based examinations for metalworkers that consist of written and practical components, or equivalent.
  • Personnel Management experience including creating cost studies, reconciling budgetary line items, and participation in annual budget preparation.
  • Supervision and management experience of Shop Personnel.
  • Experience in the development, implementation and management of safety programs.
  • Experience with Quality Systems implementation and management.
  • Experience in ISO Certification.
  • Experience in Safety Certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Technology, Engineering, Machining, CNC Machining, or a journeyman level proficiency in machining and CNC machines.
  • 10 years of shop or production related management experience.
  • Expert knowledge of CNC packages and programming.
  • Expert level of professional competence, i.e., National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials recommended. (NIMS) administers performance-based examinations for metalworkers that consist of written and practical components, or equivalent.
  • Expertise and experience with ISO Certification.
  • Expertise with Safety Certification.
  • Expertise in EPA compliance.
  • Expertise in OSHA compliance.
  • Leadership skills and experience working in academia.
  • Computer literacy; MS Suite, CAD, CAM, CNC, and equipment operating systems.
  • Computer based program leaning experience in support of using alternate learning management and training systems preferred (online or web training reinforcement).
  • Professional network to local prototyping and specialty shops in the Chicago area.
  • Experience with competitive out-sourcing of machine shop work and cost containment.
  • Experience with ANSI, NEMA, NIMS, ANSI, OSHA, and other industry regulations and standards for production environments.

Employment Status: 

Full Time

CAM Light Microscopy Specialist (Research Lab Manager 1)

Job ID #: 

27046

Job Summary: 

The Microscopy Assistant Manager (Research Lab Manager 1) manages daily operations of a research lab.  This position monitors lab performance, analyzes and reviews results, and supervises development and implementation of new protocols. This position assigns work and supervises lab personnel and reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols and procedures are quality controlled and functioning up to standards. This position develops implements and administers budgets, grant and administrative procedures. The Research Lab Manager 1 co-authors scientific papers for presentation and publication and coordinates writing, submission and administration of grants.

Responsibilities: 

  • Manages Center for Advanced Microscopy facility
  • Analyzes and troubleshoots imaging modalities such as confocal and or super resolution microscopy
  • Using a fully fucntioning level of skill, coimpletes the following activities:
    • Histology
      • Immunohistochemistry
    • Microscopy Imaging
      • Image analysis using established software packages
      • Customized image acquisition and analysis workflows

Administration

  • Maintains detailed records of results, which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
  • Interprets and or presents results.
  • Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications.

Finance

  • Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
  • Orders and or maintains inventory of reagent, mice and or lab supplies.

Supervises

  • Technician

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications: 

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 in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and
  • 4 years' image acquisition and analysis or other relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 4 years' image acquisition and analysis or other relevant experience. Supervisory or project management experience required.
  • 6 years' image acquisition and analysis or other relevant experience.

Skills and Abilities Required: 

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

  • Demonstrated imaging and facility experience
  • Demonstrated ability carry out training and analysis and direct users to use software. Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets and computations
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Manual dexterity

Employment Status: 

Full Time

QBIC Temporary Research Technician

Job Summary: 

This is a temporary position with potential to hire into a regular position.
 
The Quantitative Bio-element Imaging Center (QBIC, qbic.northwestern.edu) at Northwestern University is seeking exceptional candidates for a Temporary Research Technician to meet the expanding needs of QBIC. QBIC is a shared instrumentation research facility that focuses on trace metal analysis and quantitative elemental mapping of a wide variety of sample types ranging from single cells to complex materials. The center is part of the transdisciplinary Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP, clp.northwestern.edu) whose mission is to use interdisciplinary approaches to generate transformative scientific advances in ways that traditional, single-discipline methodology cannot. In order to support CLP’s mission, QBIC provides top notch instrumentation (including confocal and 2-photon microscopy, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, GFAAS, LA-ICP-MS, HPLC-ICP-MS, and microwave sample digestion) and expertise to aid cutting edge research on a variety of trace metal analysis and quantitative mapping platforms. Ongoing projects involve research teams in the Feinberg School of Medicine, McCormick School of Engineering, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the International Institute for Nanotechnology as well as industrial partners.

To Apply

Complete applications (cover letter and resume), should be sent to Keith MacRenaris, keithmacrenaris2009@u.northwestern.edu

Responsibilities: 

  • Improve and develop analytical techniques to meet the expanding needs of QBIC users.
  • Provide instrument training and support for customer-run applications in inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), HPLC and laser ablation (LA)-ICP-MS, microwave digestion, atomic absorption spectroscopy (AA), and multi-photon confocal microscopy.
  • Perform sample processing for customers using various analytical techniques
  • Support development of technical papers, posters and other internal/external documents and communication, as needed.
  • Maintain records and laboratory environment to comply with regulatory requirements and standard operating procedures.
  • Maintain and service instruments and other laboratory equipment as needed.
  • Assist in customer billing and recharge services

Job Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Materials Science or related field
  • Experience in instrumental and analytical methods, experimental design, and computer analysis
  • Proficient in sample preparation for trace metal analysis, spectroscopic techniques, mass spectrometry and chromatography
  • Mechanically inclined in troubleshooting and maintaining analytical instruments
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe software suites
  • Must be able to stand continuously for up to 8 hours, and lift up to 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Materials Science or related field
  • Experience with one or more of the following: ICP-MS, GFAAS, ICP-OES, AA, Microwave Digestion, Confocal Microscopy
  • Proficiency with Excel Macros, MatLab, and advanced statistical analysis programs

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.

Preclinical Nuclear Imaging Research Manager

Job ID #: 

25185

Job Summary: 

Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging (CAMI) is seeking a PhD-level Preclinical Nuclear Imaging Research Manager who will be responsible for carrying out imaging studies for various disease models (cancer, cardiovascular, neurological, etc.) and drug discovery using preclinical nuclear medicine and CT scanners. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a background in imaging physics and experience with preclinical radionuclide/CT studies. The Preclinical Nuclear Imaging Research Manager is expected to support investigators by providing technical consultation on study design, implementing imaging studies, and data processing. He/she will be responsible for research safety, training, archiving imaging data, maintenance and quality control for nuclear medicine scanners. The successful candidate is expected to rigorously follow all guidelines and regulations regarding animal research and radiation safety, and be very organized, detail-orientated, and motivated to learn new skills in a small animal imaging setting. 

This individual will be a member of CAMI and joining a team of research scientists and technicians, who are part of the Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) Institute, dedicated to the development and intercalation of preclinical imaging and drug discovery, to perform translational research. CAMI encompasses over 5,000 square-foot, dedicated to small animal imaging, and is equipped with state-of-the-art preclinical imaging systems, including MRI, optical, and SPECT/CT scanners. Additionally CAMI has its own microscopy suite, cell culture room, and vivarium.

Location: Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Job Qualifications: 

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics, or a related science
  • Proven work experience with nuclear imaging
  • Prior experience working with small animals and radiochemistry strongly preferred

Skills and Abilities Required: 

  • Two to four years of work experience in nuclear imaging studies in academia or industry
  • Proficiency in image acquisition, image analysis, and nuclear medicine
  • Prior small animal handling experience is desired, but not required
  • Must be organized and be meticulous in record keeping
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required

Schedule: 

Full-time, M-F; hours may vary with project needs

Employment Status: 

Full Time