Research Technologist 3

Research Technologist 3. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL. Participates in design and execution of research lab projects.  Conducts experimental tests and procedures including cell cultures, ELISA, and real time-quantitative PCR and processes and analyzes data. Reviews and revises existing research methodologies. Performs laboratory procedures following protocols including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing, cloning and extraction, ribonucleic acid (RNA) purification, or gel electrophoresis.  Monitors and operates gas chromatographs and high pressure liquid chromatographs, electrophoresis units, thermocyclers, fluorescence activated cell sorters, and phosphorimagers. Provides scientific direction for project teams regarding the evaluation or handling of devices, drugs, or cells for in vitro and in vivo disease models.  Following overall research objectives, designs, plans, conducts and troubleshoots experiments.  Evaluates protocols and data obtained from groups of experiments and recommends changes to processes, procedures and techniques to improve quality and validity of results based upon overall project objectives. Observes experiments, collects, records, summarizes, analyzes and interprets research data; collates relevant mathematical results and prepares complex tables reflecting relationships of multiple tests.  Monitors laboratory data by maintaining accurate laboratory records and data; organizing records of specimen collection and assays conducted across multiple studies and time points; organizing assay data into spreadsheets for statistical analyses; and regularly monitoring reliability and validity of data. Compiles and analyzes molecular or cellular experimental data and adjust experimental designs as necessary. Draws scientific conclusions; writes portions of grant applications and may co-author scientific papers. Prepares reports, manuscripts, and meeting presentations. Manages laboratory finances: provides data for the preparation of grant account budgets; authorizes and monitors purchases and expenditures; obtains multiple quotes for supplies and equipment to acquire best values and regularly reevaluates costs for supplies; resolves problems directly with supplier and other staff. Trains and leads other lab employees and students in research techniques and procedures. Requirements:  a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Microbiology or a related field and 2 years of experience working in a lab. Work experience must have included:(1) operating equipment in biological laboratory; (2) utilizing PCR and RT-PCR to detect and measure RNA; and (3) utilizing ELISA to identify substance. Criminal background check required. Send resume to Lena Henderson, Northwestern University, 2040 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60208.