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A Research Associate is an employee who is continuing training after the receipt of the doctorate and is funded from a principal investigator’s grant funds or other sources rather than from fellowship funds.
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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) College of Engineering Nov 1 2018

Requirements: Within 3 years of PhD completion All scholars with a PhD in engineering or a related field are encouraged to apply. Candidates with PhDs from UW-Madison are also eligible to apply, but their thesis advisor(s) may not also act as their postdoctoral fellowship advisor(s).

Job Duties: The Grainger Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships provide inquisitive, passionate engineering scholars with a creative and collaborative space to tackle unanswered questions and solve critical technological and societal challenges. Grainger Postdoc Fellows collaborate across disciplines and seek solutions to complex problems that are likely to impact industry and society in a big way. Fellows will learn how to extend their academic research into the commercial sector through multidisciplinary faculty mentorship, industry partnerships, and professional development opportunities. Up to two candidates will be selected Fellows will have at least two mentors: One with a primary appointment in COE and affiliated with Grainger Institute for Engineering One with a primary appointment in a different COE department or in a non-engineering department at UW-Madison. Additional co-mentors can be industrial collaborators Open to all research topics aligned with one or more of GIE's research initiatives. New innovative research ideas with the potential to generate large-scale interactions will also be considered. Current GIE research initiatives: Engineering and the Health Highway Biomanufacturing Smart and Connected Healthcare Neuroengineering Resources and Production Engineering Advanced Manufacturing Energy and Sustainability Infrastructure Resiliency Data, Decisions and Control Big Data and Machine Learning Sensors and Sensing Development committee Professional communications and presentation skill development Professional training for mentoring students Understanding funding landscape and preparation of grant proposals GIE-sponsored Early Career Development Activities Early Career Seminar Series Early Career Workshops.

Begin Date: Spring 2019, flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Starting $60,000 plus $20,000 discretionary

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medical Sciences Oct 18 2018

Requirements: Applicants with extensive practical experience in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and immunology with technique expertise in flow cytometry and mouse biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D and track record of success, as indicated by first-author publications. They must possess excellent organization skills and be capable of individual initiative and of interacting as part of team.

Job Duties: The postdoc will perform research related to hematopoietic development and malignancies in mouse model and spontaneous occurring canine cancer patients. Person will be working in a laboratory that is using a combination of transgenic mouse methodology, cell culture, molecular techniques (PCR, Q-PCR and western blot), and flow cytometry based assays to characterize molecular alterations involved with hematopoietic development and cancers. Person should be motivated, enjoy working in an academic environment, and able to independently pursue specific projects involving molecular biology (including PCR and cloning), microscopy and biochemistry. Other responsibilities will include participation in regular lab meetings, journal club, presentation at conference and manuscript writing.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Scale

Xuan Pan

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neuroscience June 1 2019

Requirements: PhD in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or other related biological science fields. Applicants must have had first author publications during their graduate training, and excellent references. Outstanding oral and written communication skills are also required.

Job Duties: A position in stem cell biology and cellular aging is available in the laboratory of Darcie L. Moore., Ph.D. Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applicants must be highly motivated, and hard-working, and should have experience in at least one of the following areas: microscopy, single cell RNA seq, high throughput imaging, primary cell culture, virus production, cloning and small animal surgical procedures. Applicants with expertise outside of this area are welcome to send their materials with suggested projects utilizing their skill sets. If you are interested in this position and possess a large amount of grit and can-do attitude, please e-mail your personal statement and CV to Dr. Moore at

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH scale

Darcie Moore

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) School of Nursing Oct 30 2018

Requirements: Recent (within 2 years) PhD or equivalent in Nursing or a closely related field. If PhD is in a related field, then a bachelor's degree in nursing is required. Strong background (practice or research) in the physical and psychosocial care of patients with cancer or other life-limiting chronic illnesses is required; symptom management experience is preferred. The ideal candidate is someone who is highly motivated, self-directed, with strong scientific, organizational, record-keeping, and problem-solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a beginning peer-reviewed publication record. Application Materials: - Curriculum Vitae - Representative sample of writing - A 1-2 page summary describing your career goals, area of research focus, previous research experiences, reasons for pursuing postdoctoral preparation, and goals for the training period. - 3 letters of reference

Job Duties: Under the guidance of faculty mentors, the Research Associate (Postdoctoral) will develop knowledge and skills to successfully transition from PhD training to an independent investigator role, conducting research in the area of symptom science or chronic illness self-management. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will gain skills in conducting and managing clinical intervention research, participate in ongoing cancer symptom cluster research conducted by Dr. Kwekkeboom's team, develop a line of independent clinical research, develop and submit a research proposal, mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research, participate in research seminars and professional development workshops, present research at regional and national research meetings, and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $55,000

Dr. Kristine Kwekkeboom
701 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-5168

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Surgery Oct 1 2018

Requirements: Applicants should be MD residents who have a desire to specialize in transplant surgery or transplant surgeons in training or PhD trainees from a variety of basic science backgrounds interested in additional postgraduate research experience. Trainees will be required to commit to a two-year training experience.

Job Duties: Under the guidance of faculty trainers, fellows will develop the knowledge base to understand the fundamental issues of transplantation including mechanisms of rejection, tolerance, transplant models in small and large animals, cellular transplantation, and the role of the immune system in DGF. They will achieve competence by mastering one of these areas of content, and become skilled in basic, translational, or clinical transplant research methods through laboratory research participation experience. The trainees are required to complete program curriculum, develop and submit well-organized research proposals, present research results at regional and national research meetings, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in preparation of peer-reviewed grant proposals. For additional information on this program please visit:

Begin Date: 7/1/2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Scale

Sarah Pavao
600 Highland Avenue - K6/160

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Pediatrics Oct 1 2018

Requirements: PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, biophysics, physiology or bioengineering is required in a multi-year collaborative translational project with a focus to test treatment for inherited blindness. Experiences in a combination of patch-clamp electrophysiology, electroretinogram, vision physiology, confocal imaging, or gene editing are highly desirable.

Job Duties: A full-time Postdoctoral positions is available at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with interests to study gene editing in vitro and in vivo in the retina for the functional dissection / therapeutic implication related to human blindness due to ion channelopathy. The candidate is expected to work independently to produce quality manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and also work in collaborative research environments.

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $47,484

Bikash Pattnaik
SMI112, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biochemistry Oct 30 2018

Requirements: A PhD in biological sciences, engineering, or related fields. Experience with protein engineering, synthetic biology, computational biology, and/or microfluidics are a plus, but not required.

Job Duties: The Romero laboratory at UW–Madison engineers biomolecules for applications in health, chemistry, and bioenergy. We leverage cutting-edge experimental technologies and computational tools to understand and design proteins and nucleic acids. We have openings on multiple projects, which include developing cancer diagnostics, membrane transporter engineering, and large-scale machine learning.

Begin Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $47,500

Stefanie Lannoye