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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.
A Research Intern is an employee who typically is continuing training after receipt of a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) UW Carbone Cancer Center 17 Mar 2017

Requirements: M.D. or Ph.D. in Immunology, Molecular Biology or related areas. Knowledge and experience in microfluidics, flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, RNA-seq, FISH and tissue culture. Skilled at writing and presenting in English. Strong organizational and management skills.

Job Duties: This position will be involved with the use of novel microfluidic technologies for the study of rare tumor cells utilizing fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry. Further genomic, gene expression and proteomic analysis of cancer relevant targets will also be performed. This work involves work with in vitro, ex vivo and animal models of prostate cancer. These studies involves exposure to human plasma and blood products, animal plasma and tissues. The candidate will be expected to carry out/develop the described research project under the direction of the principal investigator. The successful applicant must have excellent scientific, organizational, record-keeping, and problem-solving skills. Specific duties include: Identifying research problems and designing research methodologies, Assist in the writing of grants and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Submitting abstracts to conferences, Presenting at conferences, Additional duties as requested by the principal investigator.

Start Date: April 1, 2017 (approx.)
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Follows NIH NRSA stipend levels

Contact
Katie Kovacich
1111 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI
(608) 265-5349
kkovacich@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medicine 1 Jun 2017

Requirements: PhD in relevant areas of biological sciences (neuroscience, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology). MD candidates with strong commitment to basic science are also encouraged to apply.

Job Duties: The Puglielli laboratory is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in high-end microscopy to study morphological changes of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and secretory pathway in cellular and mouse models of dysfunctional ER acetylation. This research is focused on the molecular mechanisms of different neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. The laboratory is located at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has access to cutting-edge research facilities. Madison, WI offers an outstanding living environment with cultural opportunities, excellent public schools, and many facilities for indoor and outdoor activities. Our research uses multidisciplinary approaches on in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models. Applicants should have strong laboratory skills. Previous expertise in high-end microscopy is essential. Expertise with biochemistry and molecular biology techniques is also necessary. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. The successful candidate will develop both independent and collaborative experiments in one or more areas.

Representative papers: Biochem J 2007; 407: 383-395; EMBO Rep 2008; 9: 916-922; J Biol Chem 2009; 284: 2482-2492; J Cell Sci 2010; 9: 174-190; J Biol Chem 2012; 287: 8424-8433; J Biol Chem 2012; 287: 29921-29930; Biochim Biophys Acta 2013; 1833: 686-697; J Biol Chem 2014; 289: 32044-32055; J Neurosci 2014; 34: 6772-6789; Brain 2016; 139: 937-952; J Exp Med 2016; 213: 1267-1284.

Start Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Scale

Contact
Luigi Puglielli
lp1@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Human Oncology 15 Mar 2017

Requirements: PhD in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, or related field. Successful applicant will be highly motivated, experienced in basic molecular and cellular biology techniques, with experience in cell adhesion mechanisms and mouse handling preferred.

Job Duties: Seeking applicants with a strong interest in molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion and signaling, with emphasis on cancer research. The Rapraeger laboratory at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is located in the new Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research - Tower 1 (Carbone Cancer Center). It is focused on cell adhesion complexes organized by syndecans and the potential therapeutic role of synstatin peptides that disrupt these adhesion complexes and specifically prevent the proliferation, invasion and survival of tumor cells. Current work focusses on breast and head & neck carcinoma, multiple myeloma and tumor-induced angiogenesis. The successful applicant will receive career guidance and mentoring on a research project utilizing murine tumor models, and in vitro analysis/discovery of molecular signaling mechanisms employing integrins, syndecans, receptor tyrosine kinases and other adhesion/signaling receptors.

Start Date: April 1, 2017
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Scale ($47,484 minimum)

Contact
Alan C. Rapraeger, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, 1111 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-7577
rapraeger@humonc.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Department of Biochemistry 1 Jun 2017

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. How to apply: Please email a CV and contact information of three references to jobs@biochem.wisc.edu. Please include the reference's name, telephone number, email address, and relationship.

Start Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $47,476

Contact
Veronica Pierce
jobs@biochem.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Surgery 27 Nov 2017

Requirements: Degree and area of specialization: Master's or PhD degree required, preferably specializing in education or related field involving training and assessment expertise (i.e. cognitive psychology, industrial engineering, etc.) Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Training and experience with research design as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods preferred. Experience or interest in medical education, especially across the continuum of student and physician learning is desirable. In addition, the candidate should have experience and interest in grant writing as well as an interest in publishing and presenting scholarly works in medical education.

Job Duties: The Department of Surgery is seeking a collaborative educator to work in the Medical Education and Research Program as a Medical Education Researcher. The candidate will work with support from the Faculty Associate in Educational Research and Vice Chair of Education in performing research in medical education to ultimately improve the education of medical students, residents, fellows and practicing clinicians.

Specific Duties Include:
1) Education Research and Development 75%

  • Take on a leadership role in advancing the progress of specified education research projects in the department through advising on data collection and analysis methods, writing abstracts and papers for publication, and composing applications for project funding, if needed
  • Collaborate with Department of Surgery Faculty Associate in Educational Research and other faculty in educational innovation opportunities
  • Assist in acquiring grants which support the development of medical education program development and research
  • Conduct systematic literature reviews in support of education research projects
  • Support the dissemination of scholarly work through publication
  • Collaborate on the design and analysis of qualitative and quantitative education research studies and the design of mixed- method studies (including a variety of qualitative approaches)
  • Participate in research lab meetings with faculty and researchers engaged in educational innovation
  • Collaborate with students, residents and faculty in developing educational research and scholarship, assisting projects to completion, and collaborating on presentations and publications from completed projects.
  • Work in partnership with the Faculty Associate to establish relationships within University of Wisconsin and across institutions to advance the quality and reputation of education and research at the University of Wisconsin.
2) Program Evaluation 25%
  • Work with the Faculty Associate to advise faculty, residents, and research fellows in the development, implementation, and evaluation of new curricula including: (1) performance based assessments and evaluation methods to facilitate compliance with competency-based teaching and assessment standards. (2) integration of advanced technologies for learning.
  • Assist with the evaluation of training courses for a wide variety of faculty and trainees Additional Information: The desired candidate should have a demonstrated ability in curriculum development, instructional design, implementation, assessment and evaluation. The candidate should have well-developed, relationship-building skills, analytical and critical thinking skills, and strong written and oral communication skills.

Start Date: As soon as possible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Standards

Contact
Cory Reithmeyer
(608) 263-0787
reithmeyer@surgery.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 28 Mar 2017

Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in the biological sciences or a related field, and a background in molecular biology with an emphasis in cellular and protein functional studies. Experience with cell and tissue culture is necessary. Excellent spoken and written English communication skills, and experience with Microsoft Excel and Word programs are required.

Job Duties: The Young laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences seeks a highly motivated and self-directed individual who will provide expertise at a comprehensive and independent level. The position requires the ability to design research methodologies, critically think, and troubleshoot potential problems. Specific skill sets include DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, expression construct design and cloning, Western blotting, cell culture, immunofluorescence imaging, and protein functional assay development. This individual will work closely with students and other research team members on a variety of exciting and challenging projects at the cutting edge of genetic eye disease research. The successful candidate will also prepare and present research results, write manuscripts and abstracts, present data at relevant research meetings, and assist in the development of grant applications.

Start Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Standards

Contact
Kristina Whisenhunt
WIMR2 - Room 9551, 1111 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-8858
whisenhunt@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biomolecular Chemistry 15 Apr 2017

Requirements: Ph.D. in Immunology. Experience with in vivo models of autoimmune diseases are desirable.

Job Duties: The applicant holding a Ph.D. with focus on immunology, preferably involving T-cell immunology, should have experience with different immunological methods including ELISpot assays, proliferation assays and flow cytometry and ideally also familiar with in vivo methods using mouse models. The project offers access to a range of modern methods, the possibility of collaborations on an exciting research topic which is aimed at a better understanding of immune cell- beta cell crosstalk in autoimmune diabetes. The candidate will have the opportunity to write grants, present his/her data at national/international meetings and train students.

Start Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Competitive salary, basic health insurance and traveling stipend.

Contact
Feyza Engin
fengin@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Surgery 30 Jun 2017

Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in biological sciences or related field. Background in cellular and molecular biology and animal research is highly desirable. Experience with cell and tissue culture is necessary. Excellent spoken and written English communication skills and experience with Excel and Word is required.

Job Duties: The Gibson laboratory in the Department of Surgery is looking for a highly motivated and self-directed individual who will provide expertise at a comprehensive and independent level. The position requires the ability to design research methodologies and perform the research with critical thinking and the ability to identify problems and barriers. Specific skill sets include RNA, DNA extraction and amplification, PCR, Western Blot, cell culture, immunohistochemistry, ELISA, protocol and assay development. This individual will work closely with students and other researchers in different departments on a variety of exciting and challenging projects on the cutting edge of burn and wound healing research. Development and use of a porcine burn animal model will be a significant part of this position. This position will also assist in the development of grant applications and the preparation and presentation of research results. In addition, this individual may be required to perform lab management duties including supervision of personnel.

Start Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Standards

Contact
Angela Gibson
G5/339 CSC 600 Highland Avenue, mail code 3236
(608) 265-9574
gibson@surgery.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Psychology - Addiction Research Center 1 Mar 2017

Requirements: Required qualifications and documents: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent in Psychology or related field (e.g., neuroscience, biomedical stats/engineering), except for the dissertation (and if applicable, clinical internship), prior to applying. To apply, send your Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter describing your research interests and career goals as well as a discussion of the overlap between your current and future research interests and the ongoing projects within the ARC to Dr. Curtin. Please also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Curtin. This appointment is anticipated to begin in summer 2017, but start date is negotiable. Applicants should be willing to commit to a minimum two-year appointment. Salary will meet or exceed the current NIH scale. Salary will be commensurate with experience; benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage are included in the compensation package. Please contact John Curtin, Ph.D. at jjcurtin@wisc.edu with questions regarding application materials or the position more generally. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled.

Job Duties: The Psychology Department at University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications for a full time Postdoctoral Fellow position to support and contribute to research within the Addiction Research Center (ARC), which is led by John Curtin, Ph.D. The ARC is currently funded by NIAAA and NIDA to pursue two broad aims: The first aim focuses on the role of stress circuits in the brain in the etiology and treatment of addiction. We have developed sensitive, translational (animal-to-human) psychophysiological assays to index activity in these stress circuits. We are using pharmacological manipulations to document adaptations in stress reactivity and to probe the neural mechanisms responsible for these adaptions following acute or chronic AOD use. We are using these same methods to examine the potential to repurpose existing pharmacotherapies to treat AOD use disorders. The second aim focuses on the use of emerging mobile technologies to monitor and support alcohol or drug dependent patients following treatment. We are actively collaborating with colleagues in engineering and computer science to use machine learning approaches to develop dynamic, real-time relapse risk prediction models to optimize patients' alcohol or drug abstinence efforts. More information about our program of research, grants, and papers is available on our laboratory's website. We are looking to add talent to our laboratory relevant to one or both of the above research aims depending on the applicant's interests and skills. A strong background in data analysis and the ability to lead manuscript preparation are essential. Experience managing multiple research projects and working successfully with interdisciplinary teams is preferred. Competitive applicants may also have strengths in domains that include psychophysiology, mHealth technology, machine learning, programming (e.g. Matlab, R), diagnostic interviewing (e.g. SCID), and brief interventions (e.g., motivational interviewing). The postdoctoral fellow will be supported to transition to an independent research career through the acquisition of writing and presentation skills, advanced data analysis techniques, and deep expertise in experimental therapeutics and/or mHealth approaches in mental health. Our team includes a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Wisconsin who can potentially supervise post-doctoral clinical hours. There will also be opportunities to mentor doctoral students, undergraduates, and ARC staff.

Contact
John Curtin, PhD
jjcurtin@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medicine 31 Mar 2017

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 advanced patch/voltage clamp. Familiarity with cardiac ion channels 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. 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 may also 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.

Start Date: 2017
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Standard based upon experience

Contact
Bridgett Molinar
bmolinar@medicine.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Radiology 30 Jun 2017

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a PhD in Neuroscience, Genetics, Psychiatry/Psychology, or in a neuroscience-related discipline. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and have prior experience with basic molecular and cellular biology in addition to mouse/rat animal handling and small animal surgery.

Job Duties: The Laboratory for Behavioral Systems Neuroscience in the Department of Radiology is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to explore the molecular features of schizophrenia in a newly developed CRISPR/Cas9 rat-animal model. As a systems neuroscience laboratory, we are part of a rich, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research program integrated with collaborators from Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering. The successful applicant will lead a mentored pre-clinical research project with potential for direct clinical translation. We are interested in the neurodevelopmental and gene x environment interactions that contribute to the neuropathogenesis of schizophrenia and other closely related psychiatric disorders. Anticipated methodologies encompass a wide spectrum of experimental techniques including diffusion tensor imaging, RNA-seq, metagenomics, and animal behavioral experiments (including models of chronic early life stress). The incumbent will also gain expertise in fellowship/grant writing and will have ample opportunities to hone their critical thinking and presentation skills to prepare for careers in academia, the private sector, and/or in other venues.

Start Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Follows NIH Guidelines

Contact
John-Paul Yu, MD, PhD
2423 WIMR
(608) 265-4792
jpyu@uwhealth.org

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medicine 1 Mar 2017

Requirements: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant area of biomedical sciences and evidence of past productivity. The candidate should have experience working with tissue culture of cell lines and primary human cells and have basic skills in biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as willingness to learn new techniques. Experience with flow cytometry and willingness to work with murine animal models of human disease is desired.

Job Duties: A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for the project, "Translational development of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSC) for immune disorders," under Group Leader, Jacques Galipeau, MD. The Galipeau group has recently relocated in state-of-the-art laboratory space at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Carbone Cancer Center. The group is internationally recognized for its MSC work and seeks to add a postdoctoral Fellow to its NIH-funded research program examining MSCs in inflammatory disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. The successful applicant will lead a mentored pre-clinical research project with potential for direct clinical translation. The candidate will develop and study the physiology and translational use of mesenchymal stromal cells for cell therapy applications in inflammatory bowel disease and immune disorders. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the preparation of manuscript and reports and to regularly present their findings at meetings, lab meetings and national/international symposia. Please submit your CV and name/contact information of three individuals that can provide academic references.

Start Date: 2017
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH standard based upon experience

Contact
Crystal Weinberger, MBA
caweinberger@wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Human Oncology 1 Mar 2017

Requirements: PhD in Immunology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Pathology, or Cancer Biology, or related field. Successful applicant will be highly motivated, have excellent skills in writing and communication, experience with basic molecular and cellular biology. Experience with flow cytometry and mouse handling is preferred.

Job Duties: Seeking applicants with a strong interest in pre-clinical and translational cancer research. The Morris lab at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a part of the Carbone Cancer Center and is focused on the pre-clinical investigation of in situ tumor vaccination strategies combining radiation and immunotherapies. The successful applicant will lead a mentored pre-clinical research project with potential for direct clinical translation. Anticipated methodologies include in vivo testing of novel therapeutic strategies in murine tumor models, ex vivo functional analyses of immune response, histopathology, and flow cytometry. The Morris lab is a part of the Department of Human Oncology (DHO) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Researchers in the DHO pursue basic, translational and clinical research involving ionizing and non-ionizing radiation in the diagnosis, early-detection, molecular imaging, staging and treatment of cancer. This is a truly multidisciplinary endeavor creating and exploiting synergies between multiple research fields: basic molecular and cancer biology, medical imaging, radiation physics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, pre-clinical and translational research, clinical trials and outcome studies.

Start Date: 2017 (negotiable)
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Scale

Contact
Zachary Morris, MD/PhD
zmorris@humonc.wisc.edu

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neuroscience 31 Mar 2017

Requirements: Ph.D. in in Neuroscience, Molecular or Cellular Biology, Stem Cell Biology or related field required. Strong publication record required. Outstanding oral and written communication skills are required.

Job Duties: Highly motivated, hard-working recent Ph.D. graduates are encouraged to apply. position in stem cell biology and cellular aging. Applications are particularly encouraged from candidates who have experience in some 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.

Start Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Stipend Levels

Contact
Darcie Moore, Ph.D.
1111 Highland Avenue, 5th Floor
darcie.moore@wisc.edu