Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, NU

Research Technologist II

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University

Chicago, IL, United States

General Summary:

The Research Technologist II will conduct experimental research lab work in the Molecular and Translational Cancer Biology Neighborhood. The lab focuses on understanding of child cancer biology and the discovery of new therapeutics using in vitro assessment and in vivo investigation. The laboratory has established a large panel(n>200) of patient-derived orthotopic xenografts for most types of pediatric brain tumors and performed high throughput drug screening with specific interest in establishing pre-clinical rational for clinical trials of various antitumor compounds.

The Research technologist II will focus mostly on routine mouse work. S/he will assist in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s). S/he will complete mathematical calculations, &/or computer tasks &/or assists in judging validity of data. The Research Technologist II will follow appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, good clinical & laboratory Practices.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Rountine mouse work ( monitoring, breeding, euthanasia, tissue and blood collection and processing etc.) and procedures (i.v., i.p. ,gavage, etc.).
2. Tissue embedding and dissection as well as H&E staining.
3. Follows detailed technical protocols, designs and sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
4. Analyzes and troubleshoots protcols and data obtained from individual experiments and recommends alternatives and suggestions to improvde processes, validity and/or accuracy.
5. Collects, records and reports experiment data accurately and suggest modifications.
6. Performs basic statistical data analysis; prepares charts and graphs for presentations and publications.
7. Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
8. Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts and publications.
9. Assists in the maintenance of lab equipment and supplies.
10. Participate in meetings with principal investigator and research staff and evaluate/interpret the validity of data as needed.
11. Other job functions as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. 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. A bachelor’s degree is biology or biomedical research is preferred.
2. Minimum of 1 year of experience working with diverse groups of people.
3. Minimum of 1 year of experience in biomedical field with standard laboratory procedures and equipment.
4. Experience in animal handling, breeding and monitoring is preferred.
5. Working knowledge of computers, ability to troubleshoot, work independently, and function as a team member is essential. Therefore, experience in regular interaction with outside groups is highly desirable.
6. Excellent command of the English language and the ability to communicate effectively.
7. Strong organizational skills including the ability to establish priorities, react promptly to a large variety of requests, and the ability to keep the workplace clean and organized.

Age-Specific Competency Requirement:

Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the ages served on the assigned unit/department, as indicated in the competency skills checklist (i.e., Neonatal, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult).

General Understanding and Nature of the Position Description:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job classification. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills of personnel so classified.

PI Dr. Xiao-Nan Li

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Research Technologist II