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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.

This listing does not include all Research Associate and Research Intern vacancies at UW–Madison. These positions are not required to be posted here, but this website is offered as an aid to both departments and applicants. This listing will be updated once a week to add new vacancies.

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Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Psychology 1 Aug 2017

Requirements: Candidates need to have a PhD in Psychology or related field, a strong record of publications, and proficiency with statistics (R) and programming (Python experience a plus). The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extension. Please send a cover letter, research statement, CV, and the names and contact information for two potential references, by email to and with "Postdoc Application" in the subject line.

Job Duties: Why does vocabulary matter? Dr. Gary Lupyan (Lupyan Lab) and Dr. Haley Vlach (Vlach Lab) are seeking to hire a postdoctoral associate for a project investigating the mechanisms by which differences in children’s vocabulary relate to children’s cognitive development. The project incorporates experimental, observational, and computational methods.

Start Date: 2017 - flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Payscale. Appointment contingent on final approval of funds.

Gary Lupyan
Haley Vlach

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Computational Biology 31 Jul 2017

Requirements: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in computer science, statistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistical genomics, or a related field and proven research productivity as demonstrated by publications. It is expected that the candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas: gene network analysis, machine learning, natural language processing, data/text mining, single cell RNA-seq analysis, or similar. The ability to build integrative models across multiple data types is highly desired. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, creative person with the ability to learn quickly and function both independently and within a team and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Job Duties: The Stewart Bioinformatics Group, part of the Morgridge Institute for Research, is a computational biology group focusing on developing methods for analysis of large biomedical datasets. We are recruiting post-doctoral researchers to develop novel computational data analysis tools to solve cutting-edge problems in regenerative biology. Some of the relevant data types include, but are not limited to, the following: bulk and single cell RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq, large text corpora such as PubMed, and electronic health records. The specific project will depend on the candidate’s experience and interest as well as the needs of the lab. Most positions are interdisciplinary and will involve direct collaboration with University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty in the departments of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and/or Computer Science. Successful candidates will join an experienced, diverse, and growing multidisciplinary group focused on the goal of understanding human biology. The Morgridge Institute for Research is a private, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving human health through interdisciplinary biomedical research in partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For more information, please visit:

Start Date: To be determined
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $47,484

Maureen Miner
614 Walnut St 13th floor
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 890-0978

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biomolecular Chemistry 1 Aug 2017

Requirements: Ph.D. with a background in biomedical sciences is required. Research experience in the areas of beta cell biology, signal transduction, inflammation, endoplasmic reticulum or mitochondrial biology, adaptive immunity and autoimmunity is preferred. Basic understanding of one or more of the following techniques is required: ELISA assays, Western blot analysis, cell proliferation assays, cytotoxicity assays, PCR, gene cloning, QPCR, siRNA, cellular transfection, tissue culture, FACS, confocal microscopy, viral gene delivery system. Ability to work with mice is preferred.

Job Duties: Engin Lab is studying the stress responses and the role of organelle dysfunction in diabetes. The highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment of our group provides unique career development opportunities for the postdoc trainees. Please refer to our representative publications for details: Engin et al., Sci. Transl. Med. 2013, Engin et al., Sci. Rep. 2014. The candidate will design, execute and analyze the experiments.

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

Feyza Engin

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Radiology, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering 1 Oct 2017

Requirements: PhD degree in biological sciences.

Job Duties: A Post-Doctoral position is available at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, which focuses on molecular imaging and nanotechnology. A PhD or MD/PhD degree in molecular/cancer biology, biochemistry, cell biology, or related biomedical fields is required. Exceptional written and oral communication skills, self-motivation, ability to work independently or in a team-oriented setting in a multidisciplinary environment are required. Experience in CRISPR is highly desired. Research topics include molecular imaging, nanotechnology/nanomedicine, cancer research, and/or cardiovascular research. Responsibilities include biology/imaging-related experiments (80%) and writing/editing manuscripts and grants (20%). Candidates must be skilled and proficient in the English language, and within 1 year of obtaining a PhD degree. This position will remain open until filled and is renewable on an annual basis. The start date is flexible and can be as early as 10/1/2017 . To apply, please submit your current CV along with a brief statement of your scientific writing experience to Prof. Weibo Cai by e-mail.

Start Date: October 1, 2017
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $48,000

Weibo Cai

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neuroscience & Chemistry 30 June 2017

Requirements: Qualified applicants should have a recent Ph.D. Preference will be given to recent graduates with experience in single-molecule studies, modern fluorescence microscopy or other advanced biophysical techniques. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to

Job Duties: The laboratories of Professors Randall Goldsmith and Baron Chanda are looking for a post doctoral researcher at the interface of single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and molecular neuroscience. Our laboratories have an NIH-supported collaboration using single-molecule methods to understand agonist regulation and allostery in pacemaking ion channels. Our work sits at the cutting-edge of the single-molecule field, including the use of nanophotonic structures to study single molecule ligand binding dynamics of ion channels (eLife (10.7554/eLife.20797) and the first example of single molecular microscopy at millimolar concentrations (Angewandte Chemie (10.1002/anie.201612050)).

Start Date: Summer or Fall of 2017
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH Scale

Baron Chanda, Ph.D.

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Neuroscience 31 Jul 2017

Requirements: Highly motivated, hard-working recent Ph.D. graduates with a strong record of publication in neuroscience, molecular or cellular biology, stem cell biology or other applicable field are welcome to apply for this position. 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. Outstanding oral and written communication skills are required, and a large amount of grit and can-do attitude is welcome. Applicants would be required to obtain their own funding.

Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH scale

Dr. Darcie Moore

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Biomedical Engineering 1 Aug 2017

Requirements: Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The objective of this research project is to develop and apply optical microscopy and analysis techniques to quantitatively monitor metabolic and structural changes in cancer that predict drug response. Measurements will be made in mouse models of cancer in vivo, and in human patient samples maintained in 3D cultures (“organoids”). The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with multiphoton and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy in collaboration with engineers, clinicians, and biologists. The applicant will have access to state-of-the-art resources in biomedical photonics, and opportunities to develop other photonics techniques including high-throughput microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and spectral imaging. This position will also provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in a multidisciplinary research environment.

Job Duties: Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of engineering, the physical sciences, or biology (with quantitative expertise). The applicant must be a capable experimentalist and have experience with microscopy and biological samples. Previous experience in fluorescence microscopy and/or cell culture and small animal studies is particularly helpful. Excellent organizational and communication skills are a must. The initial appointment will be for a one-year period, with possibility of extension.

Start Date: May 1, 2017
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: NIH postdoc rate

Melissa Skala

Research Associate (Postdoctoral) Medicine 30 Jun 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 cell lines 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 Fellow position is available for development and engineering of synthetic cytokines 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 work on engineered fusion cytokines for cancer therapy and for neuroinflammatory disease and seeks to add a postdoctoral Fellow to its NIH-funded research program. 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 novel engineered fusokines for therapy applications in cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and neuro-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 (open posting)
Percent Time: 100%

Crystal Weinberger, MBA

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

Angela Gibson MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Burn, Trauma, Emergency General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
G5/339 CSC 600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-3236
(608) 265-9574