Department: PCE - Proteomics Ctr of Exc Salary/Grade: NEX/10
Provides support to perform the required standard operating procedures of the Core Research Facility. This includes the execution of research activities associated with established protocols. Works with Core Technician or Sr Core Technician in utilizing the facility's specialized equipment and services.
This position serves the Proteomics Core within the Proteomics Center of Excellence (PCE), the National Resource for Developmental and Translational Proteomics (NRTDP). Under the direct supervision of the Operations Director, this position is to carry out basic research activities in chemistry and translational sciences; conduct tests and procedures; set up and operates equipment; records observations and measurements and collects and compiles data in a research lab. The Assistant Core Specialist will be trained to perform comprehensive proteomics sample preparation along with general techniques including SDS-PAGE gels, in-gel digestion, in-solution digestion, and chromatographic separation of proteins and peptides. The Assistant Core Specialist will also assist in reagent preparation, routine equipment maintenance and other tasks as required.
This position requires a practical understanding of a limited number of standard scientific techniques; meticulous record keeping of client samples and inventory/ordering tasks.
Performs intake functions for the laboratory such as logging of samples and service requests, and the dissemination of basic information to users (i.e., minimum requirements for services, costs, etc.).
Maintains established laboratory inventories.
Records work accurately and completely.
Interacts primarily with other Core Staff.
Follows University safety protocols, relative to the use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogenic.
Maintains sterile conditions as required..
Conducts experiments, assays, and records results.
Reads and follows experimental protocols.
Calculates, compiles, and communicates results to the Core Scientist.
Prepares and operates equipment for experiments, assays, measurements, etc.
Supports the execution and facilitation of specialized services.
Assists in performing minor equipment repairs, according to manufacturer and University guidelines.
Abides by all University, sponsor and federal rules and regulations.
Using an entry level of skill, completes the following activities:
Protein isolation and purification
Analyze organic chemistry
Solid phase extraction
pH meter, plate reader
Completes other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 2-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to an associate's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
1 year of technical or other relevant experience required.
Bachelor degree in basic science.
2 years of technical or other relevant experience required
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Intermediate level of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
Critical Thinking skills; Meticulous record keeping; Pay attention to detail
Ability to work as a team in a collaborative environment
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40081
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.