Posted: Nov 7, 2022

NGS Specialist Senior

Application Deadline: N/A

The Northwestern University NUSeq (Genomics) Core Facility is seeking a Senior Technologist to support the Core’s mission in advancing state-of-the-art genomics research at Northwestern. NUSeq is the only Northwestern-wide genomics research core facility supporting both the Chicago (Medical School) and Evanston Campuses. The Facility has a broad user base of 2,000 users from 650 research groups, with 80% from Northwestern and the rest from external academic institutions and industrial partners in the Chicago region and across the country. The Core’s current annual operating budget has surpassed $4M with 12 full-time staff members encompassing both wet lab and bioinformatics operations. For the wet lab operation, NUSeq has a fleet of sequencers at different throughput levels, including NovaSeq 6000, HiSeq 4000, NextSeq, and MiSeq, as well as long-reads sequencing technologies. The Facility constantly evaluates and acquires latest sequencing technologies to stay at the forefront of genomics technologies (e.g., the recently announced Illumina NovaSeq X is being planned for acquisition). NUSeq receives large volumes of NGS samples from users for all NGS applications, including RNA-seq (bulk, single-cell, and spatial), whole genome/exome sequencing, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, methyl-seq, microbiome sequencing, etc.

To maintain the Facility’s momentum, NUSeq is looking to recruit an experienced NGS specialist to support the Core’s NGS workflow. The ideal candidate will demonstrate high self-motivation, high lab detail sensitivity, a strong drive to learn new procedures/technologies, strong organizational and interpersonal/communication skills. Candidate is expected to have experience in preparation of a diversity of NGS library types, and operation of Illumina sequencers. This Senior Technologist will join a highly energetic team to further grow the Facility’s NGS project portfolio and support Northwestern’s mission as a world-class research university.

As consistently demonstrated, the University is committed to providing strong support to the Core’s continuous growth. The Facility is located on Northwestern’s Chicago campus in Streeterville. In addition to joining a collegial and hard-working team, as a Northwestern employee this Senior Technologist will take advantage of excellent healthcare, retirement, and tuition benefits as well as generous paid time off. This job is great for an individual who is interested in being part of a large research team dedicated to team science, and interacting with facility users and other Core colleagues including those on data analysis and financial transactions. If you feel you could grow your career with NUSeq, please apply today!

Job Summary:

Provides daily work oversight and executes research activities.  Oversees service workflow in consultation and support of users and junior staff executing procedures.  Assists in the development and implementation of new core services, and other core laboratory and research functions.  Ensures overall quality of research functions and responsible for unit's compliance in regard to University, sponsor and federal rules and regulations.

Specific Responsibilities:

Administration

  • Ensures client billing information is complete and accurate.                                                                                                                                              
  • Compiles billing information for documenting usage and billing information into the Core's automated service tracking/billing system.
  • Develops cost analyses on services rendered by the Core.
  • Assists in preparing cost quotes on experimental design requested by investigators.     
  • Ensures that all work is accurately and completely documented. 

Scientific

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates experiments and assays of varying complexity.                                                              
  • Understands, follows, and troubleshoots protocols.                                                                                  
  • Records, compiles, and reports data
  • Provides analysis and insightful interpretations of results.                                                                                                                                                          
  • Participates in beta-testing of new protocols and services.

Technical

  • Develops new methods or customizes protocols for users.
  • Ensures lab is prepared for service delivery (experimentation)
  • Ensures established inventory levels, and notes usage trends so that inventory levels meet client demand.
  • Ensures the recommended maintenance on instrumentation and equipment is performed according to manufacturer and University guideline.
  • Troubleshoots equipment problems, and mitigates the issues with training and/or repair protocols.                                                                                  
  • Recommends equipment improvements and/or new equipment.                                                                                 
  • Assists in the development of usage protocols for new equipment.   
  • Ensures compliance with all University, sponsor and federal rules and regulations.

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;
  • 4 years of technical or other relevant experience.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Next-gen sequencing lab experience in sample library preparation and sequencing operation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or doctoral degree in a life science discipline.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Abundant experience in preparing multiple library types, from bulk RNA-seq, whole genome, exome, ChIP-seq, methyl-seq, microbiome sequencing, etc.;
  • High familiarity with working with diverse library types, and making proper adjustments for challenging samples prior to loading to sequencer;
  • Skilled in sequencer operation, run monitoring, and troubleshooting;
  • Familiarity with working in a core facility.

If interested please apply via Northwestern Careers (Job Opening ID 46203).