University of Wisconsin Madison

United States

September 26, 2021



Apply now Job no: 240928-AS Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time Department: VCRGE/PRIMATE/PRIMATE Location: Madison Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

A position is available in the Virology Services Unit at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC). The successful applicant for this position will work in a collaborative environment to provide technical support for virology research conducted by investigators served by the Unit. The main research area served by this position will be studying the pathogenesis of viruses of pandemic concern (e.g. HIV, influenza), as well as newly emerging viruses (including Zika virus and COVID-19), using nonhuman primate (NHP) models. The work will need to be thoroughly and effectively documented in laboratory notebooks and online databases. The Unit serves investigators based at UW-Madison, nationwide, and internationally. Duties will include coordinating shipment and receipt of samples from, and communicating experimental results to, investigators outside UW. The applicant will also be responsible for standardizing protocols, developing new ones, and effectively transferring knowledge and techniques to outside laboratories. Excellent communication skills are essential.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

BS/BA in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, or related field required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

At least 1 year of experience in molecular biology techniques, including molecular cloning, RNA and DNA purification, PCR, DNA sequencing and gel electrophoresis in a laboratory environment required. Experience working with RNA strongly preferred. Experience with quantitative PCR strongly preferred. Thorough understanding of PCR techniques strongly preferred. Experience with "next-generation" sequencing techniques and proficiency with DNA sequence analysis software desirable. Thorough understanding of current research in immunology and virology desirable.

Candidate must also be well organized, self-motivated and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The successful applicant should possess strong computer skills, as most of the data analysis and data reporting is performed electronically.

License or Certificate:

Certification for work in biosafety level 3 (BSL3); certification for work with bloodborne pathogens. Both may be acquired upon hire.

Additional Information:

-A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. -The WNPRC is a tuberculosis free environment. -A period of evaluation will be required.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of the appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Negotiable ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure consideration for this position, please be sure to include the following information in your cover letter and/or resume:

-Thoroughly describe your education and/or work experience with molecular biology techniques, with particular emphasis on PCR, RT-PCR, and quantitative PCR; RNA and DNA purification; and/or DNA sequencing.

-Please describe coursework and/or work experience involving microbiology and/or virology.

-When describing research projects you have participated in, whether in an educational or work setting, please briefly describe the scientific objectives and outcomes.

You will also be asked to provide three professional references, with email addresses during the application process.


Rachael Buss 608-890-3585 Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAYSERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https: // for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https: // compensation-study/.

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).

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Applications Open: Sep 10 2021 Central Daylight Time Applications Close: Sep 26 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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