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Research Technologist 2

Northwestern University
Job Location
Chicago, IL
$17.60 - $22.00
Job Description

Job Summary:

The Research Technologist 2 conducts experimental research lab work and/or assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). This position may complete mathematical calculations, and/or computer tasks and/or assist in judging validity of data. The Research Technologist 2 follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices.

Specific Responsibilities:

 Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
  • Analyzes and troubleshoots protocols and data obtained from individual experiments and recommends alternatives and suggestions to improve processes, validity and/or accuracy.
  • Using a fully functioning 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 Immunology:
    • ELISA, Elispot assay



  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
  • Manipulates, interprets &/or presents results.
  • Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.



  • Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
  • Verifies accuracy of invoices.
  • Orders &/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice &/or lab supplies.



  • Trains students.



  • Performs 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 in a scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience.
  • 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.
  • Manual dexterity.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Previous working experience with DNA/RNA purification, PCR amplification, gel electrophoresis, DNA quantification, and spectrophotometry.
  • Previous experience in, and expertise in, quality control and material preparations including qPCR, and Bio-analyzer profiling.
  • Previous working experience in next generation sequencing.
  • Strong organizational, detail-orientation, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Highly self-motivated nature, with excellent communication skills.
  • Possesses an understanding of basic computational workflows.
How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply directly via our “Careers” section on the Northwestern University website:

The position is listed as:

Research Technologist 2 - Job ID Reference # 26146

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