The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, clinics, a preschool, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.
This position will work within the Alexander Disease Laboratory. Research focuses on the effects of astrocyte pathology in the central nervous system with particular emphasis on models of Alexander Disease. The Research Specialist will manage rodent model inventory and breeding, and depending on qualifications, perform drug administration protocols, tissue collection and processing, and/or molecular, histological, and behavioral analyses. The position also requires general lab maintenance duties, detailed record keeping, and assisting with regulatory compliance.
Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision.
50% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
5% Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders
10% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
5% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
5% Performs literature reviews and writes reports
15% Manages animal inventory and production for experiments and maintenance of transgenic rodents
5% Assists with laboratory operations and compliance, including implementation of laboratory safety protocols and institutional animal care and use protocols, and shipping samples to other laboratories
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Required Bachelor's Degree Preferably in Biological Field.
Qualified candidates will have the following required experiences: - At least one year of laboratory experience. - Experience working with rodents in a laboratory setting.
Well-qualified candidates will have one or more of the following preferred experiences: - Experience with managing transgenic rodent inventory and production. - Experience with rodent behavior tests. - Experience with tissue collection and processing - Experience with histological techniques, microscopy, and image analysis. - Experience with stereotaxic injections. - Experience with molecular biology techniques such as nucleic acid isolation, protein extraction, quantitative PCR, western blotting, and ELISA.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $40,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
A Criminal Background Check will be performed.
Must complete HIPAA and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification.
Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting.
How to Apply:
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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.