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Research Lab Manager 1 manages daily operations of a research lab. Monitors lab performance, analyzes and reviews results, and supervises development and implementation of new experiments. 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. Develops implements and administers budgets, grant and administrative procedures. Co-authors scientific papers for presentation and publication and coordinates writing, submission and administration of grants.
Please note: Work environment is a biomedical research lab space that includes personal wet-benches and desks for 16 people. The group’s space also includes one microscope room, one instrument room, two tissue culture rooms, and one cold room. The space also includes a room dedicated to Drosophila work, which is equipped with seven stations. The microscope room contains two microinjectors for DNA and RNA administration, compound and fluorescence microscopes, and space for quarantined Drosophila culture. Drosophila are housed in Percival temperature-regulated incubators located within lab space. Tissue culture incubators are located in the lab. The lab uses a collection of Macintosh and PC computers. The group has direct access to accounts with Northwestern University’s QUEST High Performance Computing Cluster. The group also has access to a cloud computing structure run by the National Center for Data Mining at University of Chicago (bionimbus.org) for high-volume data storage and intensive processing of data. Major equipment is:
Zeiss Axioplan Microscope upright equipped for epifluorescence, phase contrast and DIC, with a CCD color camera
Nikon Eclipse TS100 Inverted Microscope for cell culture
Microinjection Inverted Microscopes (2 microscopes) equipped with micromanipulator and microinjector for RNAi and CRISPR/Cas9
BioRad iCycler qPCR
Beckman L8-70M Ultracentrifuge and rotors for gradient centrifugation
Beckman Optima LE-80K Ultracentrifuge / Teledyne Isco Density Gradient Fractionator
Branson Sonifier 450 for ChIP
NanoDrop 8000 Spectrophotometer
Manages technical operations of a lab involved in scientific research activities.
In consultation with Principal Investigator (PI) organizes and plans experiments ensuring those project objectives are attained.
Oversees and guides lab staff in review of results and recommendation of changes to protocols to improve validity and accuracy.
Conducts more complex experiments and analysis.
An expert level in all of the stated fields is required:
DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification
Western blotting; Immunoprecipitation
Next generation sequencing
Cell culture, cell isolation
RNA in situ hybridization
Use of parametric and nonparametric statistics
Experience with computer programming
Familiarity with R, Python or Matlab
Oversees and manages collection, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations and publications.
Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, and preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress and final reports, etc.
Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaboration organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
Ensures research regulations are adhered to, IRB and ACUC approvals in place, material transfer agreements properly executed, and that radiation and lab safety requirements are up to date and implemented.
Manages lab budget and inventory including purchasing of supplies and services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable and project related.
Orders and maintains inventory of lab supplies, chemicals, equipment and instrumentation and may distribute intra-departmental charges.
Negotiates with vendors, obtain quotes and arrange for demos of large equipment.
Trains lab EEs, students, residents &/or fellows.
Provides instruction to lab users on technically complex procedures, equipment & instruments.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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 6 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 4 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience.
Supervisory or project management experience required.
PhD in a basic science and 2 years experience.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Supervisory or project management experience.
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: 35340
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