This role provides complex scientific and technical leadership in determining teaching priorities and the plan, design and execution of projects ensuring that programs of investigation meets specified objectives. Plans, develops and implements new experiments and protocols to support research studies and maximize/extend lab capabilities. Sets-up and troubleshoots custom protocols and conducts independent research techniques, procedures and experiments. May manage lab employees, and develop and administer budgets, grants, and/or administrative procedures. Ensures adherence to all associated rules and regulations.
Consults with and advises Principle Investigators (PI) in identifying and defining problems that can be resolved with scientific research.
Develops hypotheses to be tested, methodology for evaluating results, and devices for use in empirical studies, including hardware, software and statistical methods as necessary.
Organizes and plans experiments in conjunction with PI.
Establishes control methods, techniques and procedures as required for specific projects and research studies.
Guides lab staff in conducting research
Disseminates information via seminars, lectures, etc.
Identifies and/or acquires new equipment and/or facilities.
Work with Faculty, TA’s, students and staff resolving lab issues
Maintain inventory records
Creates and/or manages budget which may include deciding on and approving expenditures of funds based on budget.
Negotiates prices and specifications with vendors.
Purchases supplies, materials, equipment and services and reconciles P-card purchases.
Ensures appropriate allocation and compliance.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & may supervise 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 8 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 6 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience.
Supervisory or project management experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Have a very good understanding of electronic fundamentals, instrumentation and components. PC hardware and software experience is essential. Know program installation procedures and updates. Perform preventative maintenance on a routine basis. Understand PC based operating systems. Be familiar with programs like Word, Excel, plus electronic specific programs as mentioned above. Very strong troubleshooting and diagnostic skills required. Excellent record keeping and organizational skills. The applicant will need excellent people skills to work in a very diverse environment.
Strong knowledge of principals and theories of electronics and electrical testing.
Can demonstrate knowledge of basis electronic systems and components.
Demonstrate ability to assemble experimental circuitry (breadboard) or complete prototype model according to engineering instructions and technical manuals.
Demonstrated ability to appropriately devise test equipment and circuitry to conduct functional, operational, environmental, and life tests to evaluate performance and reliability of prototypes, or production models.
Demonstrate ability to pinpoint malfunctioning components.
Ability to make changes in parts of circuits to improve performance of equipment.
Demonstrated ability to instruct and supervise other technical personnel.
Demonstrated ability to work under stress to meet schedule deadlines.
Strong written, verbal, and general communication skills.
Experience with software such as Microsoft Office, Arduino, Matlab, Keysight’s Bench Vue, NI’s LabView
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
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: 33658
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.