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Research Technician

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
North Chicago, IL
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Position Summary

Research technician position to support ongoing studies in Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, and neurodegenerative disease using stem cell biology, iPSCS, cell culture models and rodent cell based assays. Drug discovery and screening assays of novel therapeutics is also a major focus.

Who We Are

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) is a graduate health sciences university committed to serving the population through the interprofessional education of health and biomedical professionals and the discovery of knowledge dedicated to improving wellness. The university embodies the spirit of inquiry and excellence modeled by its namesake Dr. Rosalind Franklin, whose Photo 51 was crucial to solving the structure of DNA. RFU is nationally recognized for its research in areas including neuroscience, brain-related diseases, inherited disorders, proteomics, cancer cell biology and immunology, cardiac resuscitation, and gait and balance.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Cell culture development and maintenance, including iPSCs and human induced neurons
  • Proficiency with viral vectors, subcloning, and transfection techniques
  • Optical imaging and fluorescence techniques, utilization of calcium imaging approaches and related indicators
  • PCR, and gel electrophoresis
  • Experience with RNA, RNA extraction from mouse/rat brains, and qRT-PCR
  • Western blotting and immunoassays, Immunohistochemistry
  • Familiarity with rodent models, behavior, minor surgical techniques, perfusion techniques
  • Collect, compile and analyze data.
  • Mentor/teach techniques to qualified students and technicians.
  • Flexibility and willingness to participate in several ongoing projects is a plus.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Mouse husbandry (breeding, weaning, maintenance of colonies, genotyping)
  • Orders laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Oversee the maintenance of lab equipment and environment
  • Other duties of laboratory manager
  • Data presentation

Conditions of Employment

  • Must achieve satisfactory results from a background check
  • Must have proof of COVID 19 vaccination and booster or a university approved exemption

Required Education & Experience

  • BS in Neuroscience/Biology/Molecular Biology-related field
  • Two years of wet lab experience
  • Must achieve satisfactory results from a background check

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated mastery of stem cell biology, iPSCs, cell culture techniques and viral vector and molecular biology approaches
  • Effective and clear reading, writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to manage competing priorities and excellent time management skills
  • Detailed record-keeping and organizational skills
  • Excellent mentoring and training skills
  • Extensive experience in compound screening in model cells using a variety of platforms and methodologies including automated cell plate readers.
  • Flexibility and willingness to participate in several ongoing projects
  • Extensive knowledge of cell culture techniques, including iPSCs and induced neurons
  • Immunoassays: ELISA, WB
  • Immunohistochemistry

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient in optical imaging techniques
  • Previous lab management experience

Typical Physical Demands & Working Conditions

Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

EOE, including Disability /Vets

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science


North Chicago, IL
60064 USA



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