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Position Openings

Faculty Positions

Postdoctoral Positions
  1. 12/9/2020 - Postdoctoral scholar.
    The Lucks group at Northwestern is seeking a creative and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher interested in studying the link between dynamic RNA folding and function. Current NIH-funded projects include studying bacterial riboswitches to understand the principles of RNA cotranscriptional folding and its impact on fundamental gene expression processes. We are also interested in studying eukaryotic phenomena, and in using these principles to design synthetic RNAs to control genetic processes. We develop and apply cutting edge experimental and computational approaches that enable the high throughput interrogation and design of RNA regulatory systems. 
  2. 7/29/2020 - Postdoctoral scholar in high-throughput protein biophysics, machine learning, and design. 
    The Rocklin group at Northwestern is looking for multiple postdoctoral researchers for several experimental and computational projects. The specific project will be worked out according to the interests of the fellow and PI. Applicants from diverse areas of science are encouraged, including chemistry, physics, biology, and biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Particularly areas of interest include hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry of proteins and machine learning/deep learning.
Staff Positions
  1. Director of Research Operations
    Summary: Northwestern University’s Center for Synthetic Biology (CSB) is Northwestern University’s thought leader in engineering biological systems to address global problems. Comprised of 16 affiliated faculty and more than 200 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research and administrative staff, CSB delivers research excellence that spans disciplines on key synthetic biology topics ranging from cell-free systems, mammalian systems, enabling technologies, and ethics and education. Core to CSB’s mission is the wide dissemination of these findings—to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public—to maximize the impact of our research and maintain the highest standard of excellence.
    CSB is hiring its first Director of Operations and Outreach (DOO), who will lead the Center’s strategic management and tactical operation. The DOO will help build the capacity of the Center, capitalizing on its current strengths and providing strategic direction for new endeavors and partnerships, continually enhancing the Center’s programs and plans to ensure excellence at all levels. Proactively interfacing with the Center’s faculty, the DOO manages current initiatives and research and long-term planning in support of the Center’s education, research, and outreach missions. The DOO fosters the collaborative spirit of the Center’s with alliances both internal and external to the University. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the Center for Synthetic Biology Office at synbio-ofc(at)

  2. 5/1/2021 - Research Technologist 1 
    External Applicants Apply Here: Job ID 39519
    Internal Applicants Apply Here: Job ID 39519
    The Mrksich group at Northwestern University is seeking a Research Technologist 1. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to operate and maintain MALDI-TOF mass spectrometers, primarily a Bruker RapifleX mass spectrometer, and to assist with analysis of mass spectrometry data. Basic responsibilities will also include operating liquid handling robotics for preparation of high throughput mass spectrometry assays, maintenance of other laboratory equipment, and management of chemicals and laboratory supplies. An ideal candidate would also have experience with microfluidic platforms and/or solid phase peptide synthesis. Additional responsibilities may include the preparation of various gene constructs using current molecular cloning strategies, protein expression, purification and characterization.

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