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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Pathobiological Sciences June 15 2020

Requirements: A Ph.D. degree in microbiology/molecular biology with at least 3 years of working experience in molecular virology. Practical knowledge of viral isolation, propagation, gene cloning, plasmid purification, Western blotting and ELISA is required. Ability to work with viral pathogens and laboratory animals (e.g. mice and hamsters) under Biosafety level-2 and BL3 is required. Computer skills, DNA sequence analysis and ability to work with Databases would be helpful.

Job Duties: Implement and assist on the completion of the assigned research projects. Work on projects related to vaccine development targeting human and animal viruses such as Influenza and Coronaviruses.

Begin Date: July 1, 2020
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: variable

Contact
Adel M. Talaat
adel.talaat@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Agronomy June 15 2020

Requirements: Applicants must have strong leadership, critical thinking, and quantitative skills with an interest in agriculture, agroecosystem modeling, and investigating the impacts of changing land management and climate on ecosystem services. A background in agronomy, plant sciences, soil science, environmental biophysics, agroecology or a similar field is required. Experience with process-based ecosystem modeling and knowledge of common programming languages is required. Applications are encouraged from outstanding candidates who enjoy and work well in a collaborative team setting, have excellent communication skills, and a record of publishing in the peer-reviewed literature. To apply. Please email a cover letter stating experiences and interests and a current curriculum vitae (CV) as a single PDF to Dr. Maggie Phillips (maggie.phillips@wisc.edu)

Job Duties: We seek a postdoctoral scientist to study how cover crops growing in various cropping systems affect carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and water dynamics. Many studies point to improved yields and soil/nutrient retention when cover crops are incorporated into annual cropping systems, but just as many indicate otherwise. The ecosystem state factors climate, organisms (including management), relief, parent material and time interact to shape cover crop efficacy. We must explore interactions between combinations of cover- and main-crops in a range of environmental settings, but to do so, existing agroecosystem simulation models must be parameterized, calibrated, and validated. We have compiled a dataset of many site-years to apply to this effort. This is a 2-year project funded jointly by the UW's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), and a USDA NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems CAP grant. The post doc will join the Agroecosystem Research labs of Drs. Randy Jackson, Chris Kucharik, and Claudio Gratton and be part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team that includes several graduate students, research scientists, outreach specialists, and other faculty. The postdoc will use the extant cover crop dataset (compiled by Dr. Gregg Sanford) to calibrate and validate a state-of-the-art agroecosystem model (Agro-IBIS). Model runs from Agro-IBIS will be used to compare and contrast output from a widely used farm management tool (Snap-Plus). Finally, output from Agro-IBIS and Snap-Plus will feed a landscape decision support tool (SmartScapeTM) to test and explore cover crop efficacy for improving crop yields, soil health, and water quality in the upper Midwest. Results will be used to identify more effective cropping system management and inform new experiments.

Begin Date: negotiable
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $50,000 minimum

Contact
Margaret Phillips
608-265-4022
mfphillips@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Until filled

Requirements:

  • Must meet one of the following education requirements:
    • PhD degree in computer science, information science, computational linguistics, biomedical informatics, biostatistics, data science, or a closely related field;
    • Master's degree in one of the fields above AND have at least one year of work experience specifically with either deep learning or NLP.
  • Experience in research; ability to plan and carry out research experiments and projects in the clinical arena.
  • Experience in the fields of areas of deep learning OR clinical natural language processing/computational linguistics. Additional experience in medical terminologies/ontologies is strongly encouraged.
  • Strong programming experience (e.g., Python, Java, R, SAS).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player.

Interested candidates should email the following application materials to Madeline Oguss, mkoguss@medicine.wisc.edu:

  • Cover letter/summary statement of personal objective and research interests.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of reference (will be requested of finalists)

Job Duties: The individual will use computational methods for representing and analyzing data from the electronic health record for clinical applications to improve health outcomes in hospitalized patients. The diversity of subject matter will require a multidisciplinary candidate with a background in statistics and data management to derive and validate clinical decision support tools for the electronic health record. We are looking for candidates who could fill one of two possible subspecialties in our lab:

  • Sub-specialty 1: Deep learning
  • Sub-specialty 2: Natural language processing (NLP)

The Research Associate will be expected to lead manuscripts and participate in multi-center collaborations under close mentorship by a multidisciplinary team of physician-scientists, clinical informatics experts, biostatisticians, and computer scientists.

Begin Date: May 15 or thereafter. The position is renewable annually.
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: TBD - standard postdoc salary

Contact
Madeline Oguss
mkoguss@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Carbone Cancer Center Aug 1 2020

Requirements: M.D. or Ph.D in Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or related areas. Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: 0-3 years of post-doctoral training is required. Qualified candidates should be experienced with cell culture and mouse model systems, molecular cloning, statistical analyses and/or other biochemical or molecular-based approaches.

Job Duties: The Jarrard and Denu Laboratories, located within the UW Carbone Cancer Center and Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, examine several fundamental questions in prostate cancer tumor biology and looks to apply this knowledge to the treatment of disease. Much of this work encompasses the role of epigenetics in cancer development and treatment. The current project involves characterizing novel histone modifications and their enzymes in cancer progression and developing new drugs thus allowing a personalized medicine approach to prostate cancer therapy. (urology.wisc.edu/research/researchers-and-laboratories/dr-jarrards-lab/) (ipib.wisc.edu/staff/denu-john/) The candidate will be expected to carry out/develop the described research projects under the direction of the principal investigators. This will include identifying research problems and designing research methodologies; assist in the writing of grants and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals; and additional duties as requested by the principal investigator. The successful applicant must have excellent scientific, writing, organizational, record-keeping, and problem-solving skills. To apply for this position please submit a cover letter describing research experience and interests, CV, and the contact information for three references to: Dr. David Jarrard.

Begin Date: March 1 2020
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: follows NRSA stipend levels

Contact
David Jarrard
jarrard@urology.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biomolecular Chemistry May 31 2020

Requirements: -Ph.D. in cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, or related field -Solid publication record to demonstrate ability to independently initiate, drive, and complete research projects -Excellent communication, organization, and writing skills -Ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

Job Duties: The candidate will investigate the molecular mechanisms of beta cell failure in diabetes in the Engin Lab. The candidate is expected to design and implement strategies to investigate the unfolded protein response in beta cells of recently generated transgenic mouse models of diabetes. He/she is also expected to explore new research areas and seek independent funding as part of their own career development. He/she will 1) assist in the execution of ongoing projects by performing experiments and analyzing data 2) develop novel ideas in line with the projects in the lab, 3) provide training/mentoring to graduate and undergraduate students 4) attend national and international meetings to present data, 5) help Dr. Engin with writing and preparing grants and manuscripts.

Begin Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH based

Contact
Feyza Engin
fengin@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medical Genetics Until filled (or 8/31/20)

Requirements: Ph.D. in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field required

Job Duties: The Ikeda laboratory aims to understand how the aging process is regulated at the molecular level and how it is associated with disease mechanisms using mouse models. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher who will be involved in an NIH-funded project that investigates the role of mitochondrial dynamics in the aging process and age-related diseases in the retina at the molecular level. The successful candidate will have a strong cell biology and molecular biology background, and will contribute to a highly collaborative group studying age-related diseases using mouse as a model organism. Responsibilities for the position include carrying out cellular and molecular biological experiments, performing live cell imaging, phenotyping of mice, and interpretation of data, as well as preparation of manuscripts. Background and experience in cell biology (such as recombinant protein expression in cultured mammalian cells and immunocytochemical analysis) and molecular biology required. Experience in live cell imaging is desirable. Ability to work as a team member is essential. The successful candidate will be also encouraged to explore new research areas and seek independent funding for future career development. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing prior research experience, research interests and future career goals, CV, and the contact of three references to aikeda@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible / early 2020 preferred
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH scale

Contact
Akihiro Ikeda
aikeda@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neurology Until filled

Requirements: A PhD in neuroscience or related biological sciences. Candidate must be highly motivated to carry out cutting-edge research in innate immunity and focal cerebral ischemia. Strong working knowledge and demonstrated experience with the Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion (MCAO) surgery in rodents is required. In addition, prior experience with cellular and molecular biology techniques including tissue culture and immunohistochemistry is required.

Job Duties: The Famakin lab is funded by start-up funds, and internal UW funds, to develop a research program in innate immunity and focal cerebral ischemia. The successful candidate will employ the MCAO model to study innate immune activation during acute stroke and during stroke recovery. The lab is also interested in understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie innate immune activation as it relates to the blood brain barrier disruption during acute focal cerebral ischemia. We use various cellular and molecular biology techniques to study innate immune activation during acute focal cerebral ischemia and during stroke recovery. The goal of these studies is to lay the groundwork for the development of novel therapeutics to attenuate tissue damage resulting from innate immune activation during acute stroke and therapeutics to potentiate brain repair during stroke recovery.

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

Contact
Samantha Jenson
sjenson@neurology.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medicine Until filled

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular Pharmacology, Physiology or closely related field. Essential requirements for the candidate include graduate level training in cardiac electrophysiology. Familiarity with cardiac ion channels, voltage clamp and/or optical mapping is highly desirable. This individual should also have a good background in molecular and cellular biology techniques. Experience with cell culture and preferably hiPS-CMs is an added competitive skill. Animal handling is not necessary but experience with transgenic models is a plus.

Job Duties: The Research Associate (Postdoc) will work on NIH funded research projects in Dr. Eckhardt's lab, which focuses on the cellular mechanisms of inherited and acquired arrhythmia syndromes. The position requires the ability to design research methodologies and perform the research with critical thinking and ability to identify problems and barriers. Techniques required include an in-depth understanding as well as performance with voltage and current clamp experiments with a variety of cell types including myocytes and cell line preparations. The postdoc will be involved in several projects that are both independent and synergistic with other collaborative tissue engineering initiatives on campus and are likely to include cellular optical mapping. Experiments will entail the use of advanced gene editing techniques, standard immunocytochemical detection assays, confocal imaging and analysis, biomaterials, and standard gene expression assays including quantitative PCR and next-generation RNA sequencing. The postdoc will be expected to conduct complex experiments, statistical analysis, interpret findings considering contemporary literature, and write up results for presentations, publications, and patents. Additionally, the Research Associate will assist with training and supervision of student research associated with parent grant projects. Fluency with molecular biological techniques is important. Duties will include supervising research specialists and undergraduate students. The candidate must be able to analyze and discuss the research performed as well as assist with manuscript preparation and grant proposals. The successful candidate will also be independent with the ability to identify research problems and pursue research projects independently and have excellent communication skills. Applications can be sent to Mr. Martin Lea (mrlea@medicine.wisc.edu) or directly to Dr. Eckhardt (lle@medicine.wisc.edu). Letter of reference, CV and letter of interest should be included in the application. J1-visas accepted.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Stipend Level

Contact
Martin Lea
mrlea@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Chemical and Biological Engineering Until filled

Requirements: Applicants must hold a PhD in a field related to chemical engineering, chemistry, industrial engineering, or similar fields. Strong computational skills, including experience in either molecular modeling (quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations) and/or process modeling (process synthesis and simulation, optimization), are expected. The successful applicant will have strong writing and communication skills. Experience with separations technologies and thermodynamic property prediction will be viewed favorably. Applicants should provide (1) a letter summarizing research experience and interests, (2) a current CV, and (3) contact information for three references.

Job Duties: The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a top institution for research that involves the intersection of computing with engineering. We seek to fill a Research Associate (Postdoc) position with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The postdoc will conduct research related to the design of solvent systems for liquid-liquid extraction. The valorization of lignocellulosic biomass requires separation technologies capable of recovering bioproducts with high efficacy and low cost. Liquid-liquid extraction is a promising separation technology, but it requires the identification of solvent systems capable of the effective separation of specific chemicals. Accordingly, we seek to develop a computational framework that would couple molecular modeling with process modeling to design optimal solvent systems for the separation of GLBRC-relevant bioproducts. The successful applicant will be independent, motivated, capable of working as part of a collaborative team, and will have substantial experience in computational modeling (including molecular and/or process modeling). The position will be located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, WI. The postdoc will be jointly supervised by Reid Van Lehn, who has expertise in molecular modeling for the prediction of thermodynamic properties, and Christos Maravelias, who has expertise in process modeling for the development of separations processes. We expect the postdoc to integrate these disparate computational techniques to develop broadly applicable liquid-phase separation methods that will be applicable to experimental efforts ongoing with the GLBRC. This exciting project will further involve extensive collaboration with experimentalists throughout GLBRC to improve the recovery of chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $60,000

Contact
Rosalind McKennon
mckennon@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Plant Pathology Until filled

Requirements: The ideal applicant will possess a PhD in plant pathology/plant-associated microbiology and a strong research background. Experience in microbiomes, molecular biology techniques, and plant pathology techniques, including plant propagation and pathogen inoculations in controlled environments, are highly desirable. Additionally, applicants should have excellent communication skills - written and oral, excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail, and a strong aptitude for work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.

Job Duties: The Rioux Laboratory is seeking an energetic and innovative postdoctoral research associate to join its newly established research team. The laboratory is associated with the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program is focused on detecting, understanding, and managing diseases important to seed potato production. Specific areas of interest include: 1) The microbiome of early generation seed potato plants and its effect on plant resistance to soil- and water-borne pathogens 2) Biology and host-pathogen interactions of the powdery scab pathogen Spongospora subterranea f. sp. subterranea 3) Biology and epidemiology of the blackleg and soft rot pathogen Dickeya dianthicola. The successful candidate will work in one of these research areas or an area of individual interest that is tied to seed potato pathology. Specific duties for this position include: Designing and conducting independent research, assisting and/or leading in the preparation of relevant grants and manuscripts, presenting data and knowledge gained at lab team meetings and conferences, establishing and participating in collaborative research efforts, and assisting in the training and mentoring of junior lab members. Further, as a member of a newly established research program, the individual hired for this position will provide input on laboratory set-up and workflow. This position is initially funded for one year with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funding. Interested individuals who would like additional information are encouraged to contact Renee Rioux (rrioux@wisc.edu). The University of Wisconsin–Madison is well-ranked among public universities and offers a vibrant research community in an excellent location. To apply for this position, candidates should email their CV, one-page cover letter, and one-page statement of research interests combined as a single PDF file to rrioux@wisc.edu in email with the subject heading "Rioux Lab Postdoctoral Research Associate."

Begin Date: Flexible, late 2019/early 2020 preferred
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $47,476

Contact
Renee Rioux
rrioux@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Psychiatry Until filled

Requirements: An ideal applicant will have a doctoral degree in child clinical psychology and a strong clinical science background. Please take a look at our website and explore the opportunities that we offer. We are unique in that we can offer a combination of child clinical and pediatric psychology experiences. Website: psychiatry.wisc.edu/education-training/psychology-internship

Job Duties: The University of Wisconsin Psychology Training Program is accepting applications for a clinical child postdoctoral fellowship targeted to begin in Fall 2019 (start time is negotiable). Our training program features clinical science training in an evidence-based clinical care setting. A postdoctoral fellow will participate in a combination of research and clinical activities with additional opportunities to be involved in teaching consistent with the professional interests of the applicant and opportunities available. Collaborative research opportunities related to studies of childhood anxiety disorders are currently one of our priorities; candidates with an interest in this area are especially encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral fellows will also have the opportunity to initiate independent research, teaching or clinical activities. Applicants should provide: (a) CV, (b) letter of interest, and (c) three reference letters. Salary is competitive with full health benefits and vacation included. Please direct completed applications to Gregory G. Kolden, Ph.D. by email: ggkolden@wisc.edu. The University of Wisconsin is and Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Stipend Level

Contact
Gregory G. Kolden, PhD
ggkolden@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Psychiatry Until filled

Requirements: The University of Wisconsin Psychology Training Program is accepting applications for a clinical child postdoctoral fellowship targeted to begin in Fall 2019 (start time is negotiable. Our training program features clinical science training in an evidence-based clinical care setting. A postdoctoral fellow will participate in a combination of research and clinical activities with additional opportunities to be involved in teaching consistent with the professional interests of the applicant and opportunities available. An ideal applicant will have a doctoral degree in child clinical psychology and a strong clinical science background. Please take a look at our website and explore the opportunities that we offer. We are unique in that we can offer a combination of child clinical and pediatric psychology experiences. Applicants should provide: (a) CV, (b) letter of interest, and (c) three reference letters. Salary is competitive with full health benefits and vacation included. Please direct completed applications to Gregory G. Kolden, Ph.D. by email: ggkolden@wisc.edu. The University of Wisconsin is and Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Job Duties: Collaborative research opportunities related to studies of childhood anxiety disorders are currently one of our priorities; candidates with an interest in this area are especially encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral fellows will also have the opportunity to initiate independent research, teaching or clinical activities.

Begin Date: Negotiable
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Stipend Level

Contact
Gregory Kolden, PhD
ggkolden@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neurological Surgery Until filled

Requirements: Applicant must be well versed in immunology and molecular biology as this job involves significant work in understanding mechanistic studies as they pertain to brain tumor immunology and development of immunotherapy. The applicant should have a PhD in immunology or cancer immunology and some degree of prior experience in in vivo experiments. Prior work experience in immunology and molecular biology as well as experience with live animals and knowledge of imaging techniques is required. The applicant must be self-motivated, able to design and conduct experiments independently, prepare and present work at meetings, write scientific manuscripts, and have excellent verbal and written communications skills. Please e-mail a letter of interest, along with your resume, copies of any relevant publications, and names/addresses of three references to: Mahua Dey, MD Assistant Professor Department of Neurosurgery

Job Duties: The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine has an immediate opening for a highly motivated and dedicated candidate with experience in cancer immunology for post-doctoral fellow position.

Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Stipend Rate

Contact
Mahua Dey, MD
dey@neurosurgery.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neurological Surgery Until filled

Requirements: To be considered, applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in cancer immunology, genomics/bioinformatics or in a closely related field and should have experience and proficiency in lab management, grant writing, analyzing flowcytometry, big data base analysis such as bisulfite sequencing, RNA/DNA sequencing and data mining from large cancer databases. In addition basic molecular biology skills are required. The successful candidate should be highly motivated, independent thinker and must be able to perform self-directed work, and possess excellent collaborative/communication skills with demonstrated experience in successful manuscript writing and publications. Immediate availability is preferred. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating their area of interest, complete curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to: ATTN: Dr. Mahua Dey Department of Neurological Surgery

Job Duties: The Department of Neurological Surgery at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine has an immediate opening for an outstanding applicant for a research associate/lab manager position with experience and proficiency in immunology, cancer genomics and bioinformatics. The primary activity of this position will be to mange day to day activity of the Dey Lab and conduct basic/translational research in brain tumor immunology and immunotherapy using in vivo animal experiments, flowcytometry, molecular biology, Chip Seq, RNA seq and DNA sequencing data.

Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Stipend Rate

Contact
Mahua Dey, MD
dey@neurosurgery.wisc.edu