Research Associate - 4173

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 08, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Position Title

Research Associate

Position Number


Working Position Title

Research Associate - 4173

Posting Type







Biological Sciences

Primary Function

The COVID -19 pandemic has necessitated a surveillance and screening program to contribute to the public health and well-being of both the NIU campus and the surrounding communities. The COVID -19 / SARS -CoV-2 surveillance testing program at Northern Illinois University seeks a Research Associate to serve as a Wastewater Surveillance Testing Technician to contribute to the NIU campus program for SARS -CoV-2 monitoring. The Research Associate will work as part of a campus team and report to the Director of COVID -19 Facilities. This position is part of an NIU campus-community partnership with the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District and is designed to support the emerging campus mission and university contribution to community health surveillance during the global COVID -19 pandemic.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

(essential functions)
Process wastewater samples, analyze processed samples, engage in process development, design and execute experiments, analyze data, draw scientific conclusions from data produced, and convey that information to the supervisor and research colleagues.
Operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Ensures lab work is executed under biosafety level 2 guidelines and SOPs
Maintains records of all samples, experimental procedures and data
Manages the supplies and their acquisition for the operation of the laboratory
Mediates hazardous waste disposal and laboratory decontamination

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

Bachelors degree in biology or a closely related field;
Laboratory research experience

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

Masters degree in biological sciences or a closely related field;
Laboratory research experience with molecular biology and the polymerase chain reaction ( PCR )

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

This position requires a detail-oriented person who possesses excellent quantitative, organizational, oral and written communication skills; likewise, the ability to work autonomously [under direction] and as part of a team. Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills is also essential.
Familiarity and experience with computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite is also required.

Working Hours

8:00 - 4:30

Hiring rate/range

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Posting Date


Closing Date

Priority Review Date


Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Procedures
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, C.V., a copy of degree transcripts and contact information for three references to the NIU job application portal (

Link to Department Homepage

Physical Demands

Research associate will be required to transport and process wastewater samples from the Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District. Strength (the ability to lift up to 30 lbs) and dexterity for lab techniques with repetitive fine motor skills (pipetting small volumes accurately) are required for this position.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Is Background Check Required


Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ( ADEI ) at 815-753-8399.

Clery Act Information

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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