Assistant Core Scientist (Analytical Chemistry)

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

ID: 7078783
Posted: May 20, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences is reimagining traditional arts and sciences education in ways that prepare our students for success in an ever-changing, complex world. The College is the most comprehensive of Northwestern’s 12 schools, offering 47 majors to approximately 4,300 undergraduate students. Our goal is to develop in students a Northwestern Mindset – a flexible, adaptable view of the world that seeks to understand the pressing issues of today and transform them into the promising new opportunities of tomorrow. Staff who work in the College think creatively, work collaboratively, and are dedicated to building a strong community.
The hallmark of our distinctive educational model is diversity in all of its manifestations. We are committed to maintaining and enhancing the breadth and depth of our course offerings and to ensuring the intellectual and experiential diversity of our faculty and students. In short, we believe that diversity is an essential value that lies at the heart of our community and one that needs to be actively encouraged and pursued.

Job Summary:

Responsible for ensuring the completion of research projects within the Core Facility in a timely and efficient manner. Provides services and consultation to researchers and investigators, and facilitates highly technical and specialized scientific research. Guides the Core in relevant areas to ensure consistent, high quality service for the research community.

Please note: Candidate must be able to adapt to fast paced environment where schedules are based on the academic, granting and research calendars and unexpected issues will frequently arise due to the nature of research and the fact that students are learning both project planning and time management skills. Job may require lifting items greater than 50 pounds and moving cryogen tanks weighing >700 pounds (on wheels).

Specific Responsibilities:


Maintains clear and accurate documentation of the protocols, instrumentation logs, and/or data collected.
Records work accurately and completely.
Assists with administrative duties necessary for a fee-for-service facility operation such as collecting and/ or entering facility billing data.
Utilizes established safety practices, and is responsible for providing a safe work environment for fellow employees and clients.

Demonstrates a sound, working knowledge of techniques in other laboratories in order to provide cross-over assistance to clients.
Assists in the organization of in-house and/ or off-site training.
Data Analysis

Performs literature reviews for the purposes of furthering the research.
May contribute data analysis for researchers, using specialized software in a form useful for further statically analysis or publications.
Assists in the development of new analysis techniques and methodologies.

Applies relevant science to Core technologies and applications.
Utilizes advances knowledge of applications, principles, theories, and concepts to design and troubleshoot projects for the research community.
Troubleshoots problems with procedures and equipment, and suggests adjustments to protocols.
Works on advanced problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
Exercises judgement within defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques.
Trains Core staff and clients in advanced instrument operation and applications.

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; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
2 years of relevant domain expertise
4 years of analytical laboratory technical or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

Develop analytical methods
Train new users on typical analytical instrumentation.
Support advanced undergraduate education instrumental analysis chemistry labs.
Experience using chemicals, including organic solvents, strong acids and bases.
Effective oral and written communication skills
Must be able to operate and maintain common laboratory equipment (e.g. centrifuges, sonicater, vortexer, analytical balances, pipets)
Computer proficiency
Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biology
Past experience in an academic lab or in a regulated environment.
Hands-on experience with GC-MS, LC-MS, MALDI-MS, FTIR, polarimeter, X-Ray Fluorescence, UV/Vis
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

Familiar with Unix and Windows operating systems.
Experience with biological sample preparation for mass spectrometry.
Experience developing quantitative MS based assays in complex matrices.


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