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Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research,
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.
List of Duties
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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.
-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.
Full Time: 100%
This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated
campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
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
-When describing research projects you have participated in, whether in an
educational or work setting, please briefly describe the scientific objectives
You will also be asked to provide three professional references, with email
addresses during the application process.
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RESEARCH SPECIALIST(T16DN) or ASSOC RESEARCH SPEC(T16FN)
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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
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