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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neurology Nov 23 2019

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 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: Immediately
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Samantha Jenson

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) Dec 1 2018

Requirements: Eligibility: Due to the January 2019 start date, we regret that the University of Wisconsin–Madison is not able to offer visa support for this round of postdoctoral fellowships; all applicants for this round must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. [We anticipate a second competition for appointments running September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020 that will be open to citizens of other countries.] Applicants must have a PhD in hand prior to January 2019, and they must have received the degree no earlier than January 1, 2014. Applicants who have not yet obtained their degree but plan to do so prior to January 2019 must furnish evidence (e.g. in their letters of reference) that they are well on track to have the degree in hand by that date. UW–Madison doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW–Madison are ineligible. Base rate (twelve-month salary): $65,000. Fellows will also receive a modest stipend for travel to academic conferences. In consultation with CREECA and relevant academic departments, fellows may have the opportunity to teach a course in Russian studies at UW–Madison during their tenure and would receive additional compensation for this. Fellows will be eligible for basic health insurance through the State of Wisconsin. Fellows must be prepared to cover their travel expenses to arrive in Madison for the fellowship. All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  1. A cover letter. The letter should describe the research the applicant will conduct during the fellowship (including topic, data and methodology, and expected output by the end of the fellowship period), should indicate which topic area(s) of the five listed above the project falls under, and should identify a UW faculty member who would be an appropriate mentor for the applicant. Applicants with GIS and/or public policy expertise should describe their relevant background.
  2. A current curriculum vita;
  3. An article-length writing sample;
  4. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant's work and proposal.

Applicants should combine the first three items listed above into a single PDF, name the file using the convention -Applicant's Last Name _CCNY Postdoc application- and email the PDF as an attachment to: The three letters of recommendation should come either directly from the recommenders or from a dossier service. They should not be submitted by the applicant. Recommenders should submit the letters as email attachments to: If necessary, materials may be sent in hard copy to:

Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
Attention: Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition
210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, WI 53706-1397

Deadline: For full consideration, all materials must be received by December 1, 2018.

Job Duties: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications for two Wisconsin Russia Project post-doctoral research fellowships for social scientists, funded with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The fellowships will commence January 15, 2019 and run through July 14, 2020. Fellows are expected to conduct research about Russia in one or more of the five topic areas:

  1. Education, labor markets, and inequality;
  2. Law and society;
  3. Political economy;
  4. Identity, place, and migration; and
  5. Demographic change. CREECA especially seeks applicants with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modeling and/or public policy issues, though these are not absolute requirements for consideration.

Fellows will be paired with UW–Madison faculty mentors with expertise in the appropriate topic. In addition to conducting research that will lead to scholarly publications, fellows will be expected to present their work in CREECA's lecture series, to participate actively in the Wisconsin Russia Project, and to participate in a social science workshop for US and Russian scholars that will take place in summer 2020 (dates TBD). Fellows must devote full time to the Wisconsin Russia Project and may not accept any other major activities that require frequent and/or prolonged absence from UW–Madison during the tenure of their fellowship.

Begin Date: January 15, 2019
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Salary: $65,000

Jennifer Tishler

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Waisman Center Dec 1 2018

Requirements: A PhD in Science Education or a related field is required. Knowledge of human subjects research and experience conducting research with school-aged children is required. The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred skills and experience: expertise in biological education, experience using qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis approaches and experience in conducting research in schools and/or museum settings.

Job Duties: The Rosengren Lab (PI: Karl S. Rosengren) at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a NSF-funded research project, investigating the role of visual representations in children's learning about biological variability. This research is in collaboration with Dr. Martha W. Alibali and Dr. Chuck Kalish. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the design and implementation of research studies examining how different types of visual representations influence school-aged children's learning and generalization about biological variability. This individual will also play an integral part in developing workshops and implementing workshops at a local children's museum.

Begin Date: 01/01/2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $48,432

Karl Rosengren

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medical Genetics Dec 31 2018

Requirements: Ph.D. in biochemisty, molecular biology, or related field.

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 at the molecular level. Responsibilities for the position include carrying out the molecular biological experiments, phenotyping of mice, performing proteomic analysis and interpretation of data, as well as preparation of manuscripts. Background and experience in molecular biology and proteomics (Co-IP/mass-spectrometry) preferred. 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

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

Akihiro Ikeda

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) School of Veterinary Medicine Dec 30 2018

Requirements: PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree. Candidates 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. Candidates must possess excellent organization skills and be capable of individual initiative and of interacting as part of team. Strong English speaking and writing skills are essential as well as a track record of peer reviewed publications.

Job Duties: A postdoctoral position is available at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a highly motivated scientist with an interest in epigenetic regulations of hematopoietic stem cells. The research project aims to study polycomb group protein Yin Yang 1 functions in hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. The project is recently funded by the NIH R01 grant and can start immediately. This is a fulltime appointment with NIH based salary and complete coverage for medical insurance.

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

Dr. Xuan Pan

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Political Science Jan 1 2019

Requirements: Candidates should have defended their dissertation by September 1, 2019. The fellowship is open to all subfields of international relations, including conflict and security, international political economy, institutions and global social issues such as migration and the environment. The Wisconsin International Relations Fellowship is a one year, non-renewable, post-doctoral fellowship.

Job Duties: The Fellow would be expected to teach one course for graduate students related to their dissertation or broader area of expertise, and participate in the intellectual life of the department by attending the International Relations Colloquium and other events.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, current CV, chapter or article length writing sample and three letters of recommendation to the contact address below.

Begin Date: Sept 1, 2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $50,000

Andrew Kydd

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biochemistry Dec 15 2018

Requirements: Candidates have a PhD in biological science, be highly motivated and excited to carry out cutting edge research. Strong working knowledge and demonstrated experience with molecular and cellular biology techniques is required. Prior experience with mammalian cell culture, high-throughput screening, and/or bioinformatics would be an asset but is not required. Ability to work independently and within a team environment, and good communication skills are required. Please send your application including a statement of research interests, a complete curriculum vitae, and at least three references (including email) to Kallee Schneider.

Job Duties: The Raman laboratory was recently funded by the prestigious NIH New Innovator Award to carry out exciting new studies on sequence-structure-function relationships in allosteric proteins and to exploit those relationships in redesign efforts. We are currently looking for a postdoctoral candidate to investigate the allosteric properties of nuclear receptors. As global regulators of transcription, nuclear receptors are among the most therapeutically important protein targets. Nuclear receptors have crucial roles in cellular metabolism and development. Steroid hormone receptors such as the estrogen receptor and glucocorticoid receptor have been found to be mutated and/or dysregulated in myriad disease states, including cancer and autoimmune disorders. For instance, mutations in the estrogen receptor ligand binding domain give rise to hormone-therapy resistant breast cancer. We are interested in comprehensively characterizing the function of a range of physiologically relevant steroid hormone receptor mutations to elucidate underlying allosteric mechanisms of disease and to develop allosteric drugs. We will employ high-throughput genomic technologies, computational modeling, massively parallel reporter assays to address this challenge.

Begin Date: Jan 1, 2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $47,476

Kallee Schneider

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Wisconsin Center for Education Research Nov 30 2018

Requirements: An earned doctoral degree in mathematics education or teacher education expected by start date. Demonstrated interest and experience in research on teacher learning and classroom research. Strong organizational, communicational, and interpersonal skills, personal initiative, and ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities. Ability to take responsibility to meet deadlines and initiate tasks without close supervision. Ability to collaborate effectively and work well in teams. Experience working with teachers and school districts is preferred.

Job Duties: Postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, beginning July 2019. The position is for a project funded by a James S. McDonnell Foundation grant, Advancing Teachers Pedagogical Reasoning and Practices with Tools. A multi-site collaboration between the University of Wisconsin (Hala Ghousseini), the University of Washington (Elham Kazemi), the University of Colorado (Elizabeth Dutro), and the University of Pennsylvania (Sarah Kavanagh), the project aims to investigate how teachers learn to facilitate disciplinary argumentation in mathematics and language arts. More specifically, the focus of the research is on (a) what teachers' engagement with enactment tools-protocols or frameworks that can support teachers' understanding and their enactment of teaching-reveals about how they learn and make sense of facilitating disciplinary argumentation; (b) how teachers' engagement with tools reflects their developing knowledge about facilitating classroom discourse; and (c) what knowledge, goals, beliefs, and resources teachers, across career stages and content areas, bring to their work on disciplinary argumentation. The context of the investigation is a 4-year professional development (PD) initiative that will be closely co-designed with partner schools at each site. The PD structure, which we call Learning Labs, is organized around a learning cycle ( in which teachers investigate and enact teaching. Over Years 2 and 3 of the project, school teams will engage in 12 Learning Labs (6 Labs/year). Key Functions and Expected Performances: * The successful candidate will work closely with Hala Ghousseini in supporting the functioning of this project. This includes, but is not limited to, collaborating with the PIs to develop and refine long-range strategic plans and project timelines; drafting reports to funder; managing project data; and managing communication about project with various stakeholders. * Participate in all research phases including designing and co-leading professional development, data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing, and research presentations.

Application Procedure: The deadline for receipt of applications is November 30, 2018. Applications should include: (1) Cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) two publications (or manuscripts in progress); and (4) Contact information for three references. Please send your application materials to:

Begin Date: July 1, 2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $55,000

Mary Hegge

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biomedical Engineering Nov 30 2018

Requirements: Degree in Biomedical or Chemical Engineering, Cell Biology or related field.

Job Duties: The project is directed at tissue engineering biomimetic models of ovarian cancer and examining the factors that lead carcinogenesis and metastasis. The project uses an image-based approach to design 3D models of the extracellular matrix which are created by multiphoton excited (MPE) nanofabrication. The scaffolds are used for the study of cell-matrix interactions and signaling pathways operative in early stage ovarian cancer. Hands on optical microscopy experience and/or expertise in cell migration is preferred.

Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $48,000

Paul Campagnola

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Surgery Jan 1 2019

Requirements: This training program is geared towards those who have already completed a doctoral degree (MD/PhD) and are interested in a research focused career. Applicants must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S., or permanent residents of the U.S.

Job Duties: The program will provide trainees with multiple opportunities for research activities and will also foster the development of knowledge, competence, skills, professional attitudes, and experience required for successful academic research careers in independent NIH-funded research. The goal is to accelerate the performance of basic, translational, and clinical research for vascular disease by producing future surgeons, scientists, and engineers who will meet the ever-increasing need for innovative treatments for a growing number of patients.

Begin Date 06/01/19
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Base

Sarah Pavao

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) School of Pharmacy Dec 31 2018

Requirements: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or related field.

Job Duties: The individual will design and synthesize bioactive small organic molecules, explore new synthetic sequences, and carry out structural diversifications to assist Structure Activity Relationship and hit-to-lead studies. The individual is expected to possess the necessary knowledge and skill in organic synthesis to render these daily activities highly efficient and effective. The individual will also engage in interdisciplinary applications of synthesis to drug discovery and development by collaborating with chemical biologists and structural biologists for translation research.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $48,000

Weiping Tang

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biomolecular Chemistry Dec 1 2018

Requirements: Applicants must have a PhD degree in biological sciences and have a minimum of two-first author peer-reviewed publications. Required knowledge, skills, abilities/competencies typically needed to perform this job successfully:

  • Knowledge of cell culture
  • Knowledge of standard biochemical and molecular biology techniques
  • Ability to be self-motivated
  • Ability to work with mouse models of disease Preferred Qualifications Experience in islet biology, immune phenotyping, genome editing, histological and immunofluorescence analyses, confocal imaging, maintenance of primary/stem cell cultures, RNA-seq or single cell RNA-seq analyses are especially desirable.

Job Duties: The primary responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow will include planning, coordinating and performing scientific experiments in the field of diabetes with a focus on islet biology and dysfunction. The post-doctoral fellow will also be expected to produce data reports for the principal investigator and to prepare presentations for the research community and train students.

Begin Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Minumum $50,000. salary commensurate with experience

Feyza Engin

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) Biochemistry Apr 15 2019

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

Phil Romero