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Research Intern Medical Microbiology and Immunology Oct 31 2021

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, or related field.

Job Duties: The Liang Lab is looking for a Research Intern to advance research in areas of inflammation and autoimmunity. Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of autoimmune diseases, with the ultimate goal of finding cures for these debilitating diseases. To achieve this goal, we use a combination of technologies including cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, -omics, and animal models, and we work in close collaboration with UW clinics for translational studies. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong desire to advance scientific projects to join our team. To apply, please submit a cover letter describing any prior research experience and research interests, a CV and contact information for references to liang95@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on qualifications

Contact
Yun Liang
liang95@wisc.edu

Research Intern Psychology Sept 30 2021

Requirements: Ph.D or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited program. Official graduate degree must be conferred prior to start of employment. Successful completion of an APA or APPIC member psychology internship.

Job Duties: Post Doctoral Clinician will provide individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy, psychological evaluation/assessment, and consultation services in the Psychology Research & Training Clinic - the training clinic for the PhD Clinical Psychology program serving community clients. Ability to perform assessment and intervention psychology services. Ability to work effectively with diverse populations and across the developmental and multicultural spectrum. Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with other professionals. Ability to function independently as appropriate for level of training with at least a moderate degree of responsibility. Training and proven ability to act ethically according to professional code of conduct for psychologists. Ability to provide written documentation relevant to practice in a timely manner.

Begin Date: 10/15/2021
Percent Time: 50%

Contact
Linnea Burk
burk@wisc.edu

Research Intern Cell and Regenerative Biology Oct 1 2021

Requirements: Minimum Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, or related field required. Laboratory experience working with basic molecular biology techniques is preferred.

Job Duties: The Lo Sardo Lab seeks a Research Intern interested in understanding the functional impact of cardiovascular and cancer genetic risk factors in different cell types. We use a variety of technologies including induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), iPSCs differentiation in various cell types (including vascular and neural cells), transcriptomics, genome editing, and microscopy. Our goal is to understand how common genetic variants, especially those residing in non-coding regions of the human genome, can affect an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer. The lab seeks a very collaborative, team-player candidate strongly motivated to join the team.

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on qualifications

Contact
Valentina Lo Sardo
losardo@wisc.edu

Research Intern Radiology Sept 30 2021

Requirements: A minimum of a bachelor's degree in biology, engineering, or related field with a background in anatomy and physiology is preferred.

Job Duties: The Abdominal Image-Guided Interventions Laboratory is a multidisciplinary laboratory engaged in cutting-edge research involving interventional strategies for the minimally- or non-invasive treatment of a variety of benign and malignant diseases. We're looking for a highly motivated independent thinker with a solid academic record seeking a two-year commitment to research experience. We expect our interns to grow while supporting and collaborating with the team and to ultimately spearhead their own research within the scope of the group's focus and mission. Our projects are primarily translational, and we have a proven history of moving discoveries from the laboratory to human clinical use. Data collection, analysis, manuscript preparation, grant writing, and presentations are a routine part of our workflow; however, we are very hands-on in our experimental design. Consequently, there are many opportunities to learn and participate in animal anesthesia, surgery, necropsy, CT, MRI, ultrasound. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing any prior research experience and research interests, a resume/CV, academic transcript, and contact information for references to hheimbecker@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $30,952 (minimum) based on experience

Contact
Heather Heimbecker, HR Business Partner
hheimbecker@wisc.edu

Research Intern Integrative Biology Sept 10 2021

Requirements: The Weber Lab (adaptationmatters.wixsite.com/home) is excited to open a Research Internship position. The hired individual will develop skills by participating in collaborative projects spanning the fields of genetics, immunology, disease ecology, and evolution. Our lab's driving question is: How does coevolution between hosts and parasites lead to the phenomenon that many parasites only infect a small subset of possible hosts? We address this question using lab colonies of threespine stickleback fish and a model tapeworm parasite. The position will be funded by a National Institutes of Health grant titled: "Mining natural infection variation to find the genetic basis of coevolution between vertebrate hosts and helminth parasites." Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a BS, BA, or MA degree in biology or a closely related field. Prior research experience is strongly favored, including some experience with animal care (which is a core function of this job appointment). Previous research experience and work records should demonstrate a commitment to research, good work ethic, lab skills, and organizational ability. Preferred Qualification: laboratory skills related to genetics, immunology, and/or parasitology.

Job Duties: - Train to assist with fish care, experimental parasite infection, cell culture, immune challenge assays, basic molecular biology techniques, and DNA/RNA sequencing. - Review recent and classic literature to help foster research discussions and improve lab protocols. - Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, manuscripts, and proposals. - Help with general lab maintenance as needed (i.e., manage chemical inventory, ordering, safety records, and cleaning). - Assist with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures or techniques. - Depending on interest and skills, there will be opportunities to conduct field research in Wisconsin, Alaska, and/or British Columbia in Summer 2022.

Begin Date: Ideally September 2021
Percent Time: 50-100%
Salary: $32-35k, depending on experience

Contact
Jesse Weber
jnweber2@wisc.edu

Research Intern Cell and Regenerative Biology Oct 1 2021

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, or related field is required. Prior experience in a research lab is preferred.

Job Duties: The Lo Sardo Lab in the School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology, focuses on studying the functional impact of cardiovascular genetic risk factors on vascular cells. The lab uses induced pluripotent stem cells, vascular cell differentiation, and various molecular biology and biochemistry techniques to understand how common genetic variants can affect an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The Research Intern will be involved in lab projects requiring cell culture of human induced pluripotent stem cells, primary cell culture, nucleic acid extraction, PCR, qPCR, lentivirus production, immunocytochemistry and microscopy. The candidate will also be part of a common effort to maintain and organize the lab and supplies.

Begin Date: ASAP
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on qualifications

Contact
Valentina Lo Sardo
losardo@wisc.edu

Research Intern Medical Microbiology and Immunology Until filled

Requirements: BA in engineering or biology.

Job Duties: Perform scholarly research on cell migration and inflammmation research. Our research is at the interface of cell biology and immunology and is centered on understanding on inflammation and its resolution. We seek to dissect how external cues and cell signaling networks regulate cell migration during tissue damage and repair and how this is altered in human disease. We focus on live imaging to visualize and manipulate leukocyte motility in zebrafish and human cells in vitro, and using these tools have uncovered new mechanisms that regulate resolution of innate immune inflammation. huttenlocher.labs.wisc.edu

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

Contact
Anna Huttenlocher
huttenlocher@wisc.edu

Research Intern Neuroscience Oct 1 2021

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology, neuroscience or related science field is required. At least 1 year of experience working in a biomedical research laboratory is preferred. Experience with mammalian cell culture, aseptic technique and basic molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DNA cloning and plasmid purifications is required. Additional skills in electrophysiology, protein purification, immunostaining and Western blotting are highly desirable. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills are required. Preference will be given to candidates available for a 2-year commitment.

Job Duties: The Czajkowski lab is seeking a highly motivated, dedicated, responsible person who is excited about science to augment our research group. The intern will play an integral part in furthering our research in the structure, function and dynamics of GABA-A receptor channels. Successful applicants should be able to work independently and as part of a team, learn new techniques quickly and easily, and should be able to apply critical thinking to daily tasks. Duties include, but not limited to: mammalian cell culture, DNA/RNA purification, PCR, western blotting, DNA cloning, frog husbandry, electrophysiology, protein biochemisty and some general lab duties. Expectations include a high level of organization, maintaining a well-documented lab notebook and freezer inventory, analyzing and presenting data, and the ability to work well in a team. Other responsibilities include participation in regular lab meetings, journal club, conference presentations and manuscript writing. Great opportunity to gain additional training for applicants looking for careers in biomedical science. Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their research experiences, their current CV/resume and contact information for two references to cmczajko@wisc.edu

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Dependent upon experience; Minimum salary $31,000

Contact
Cynthia Czajkowski
cmczajko@wisc.edu

Research Intern Cell and Regenerative Biology; Carbone Cancer Center Dec 1 2021

Requirements: The candidate should have interest in developing rigorous training in molecular, cellular and/or genetic research and have strong interest and self-motivation to develop a career as an independent scientist. The candidates must have a relevant academic degree, basic experience in laboratory research and capable of critical thinking and interacting productively with a wide range of diverse individuals. Interested candidates should send curriculum vitae, brief description of research accomplishments and interests and the names of three references to: ehbresni@wisc.edu

Job Duties: The Bresnick group uses multidisciplinary approaches (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, gene editing, computational analysis, molecular, cellular, and biochemical technologies) and collaborates with other experts in these technologies. The studies utilize cultured mouse and human cells and mice. The candidate will have ample opportunities to contribute to this research. The research is facilitated by the outstanding collaborative, highly interactive and respectful environment, state-of-the-art core facilities in the Carbone Cancer Center and multiple UW-Madison sites and the intellectually stimulating environment covering all scientific disciplines.

Begin Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: TBD

Contact
Emery Bresnick
ehbresni@wisc.edu

Research Intern Medical Microbiology and Immunology Until filled

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques and/or experience zebrafish or cell culture.

Job Duties: The Huttenlocher laboratory examines innate immunity and inflammation in wound healing, infection and cancer. We are seeking a motivated research intern who will contribute to our highly collaborative research group. The intern will gain experience in immunology, molecular techniques, live cell imaging and zebrafish research. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing prior research experience and research interests, CV, and the contact information for two references to huttenlocher@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: based upon experience

Contact
Anna Huttenlocher
huttenlocher@wisc.edu

Research Intern Department of Comparative Biosciences Until filled

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques, cell culture, and/or experience handing laboratory mice or rats is preferred.

Job Duties: The Arendt laboratory (vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/arendt) examines how obesity leads to increased breast cancer risk and the development of aggressive, treatment-resistant breast tumors. We are seeking a motivated research intern who will contribute to our collaborative research group. This is an opportunity for individuals to pursue additional training and experience prior to pursuing a graduate or advanced degree. The successful candidate will gain experience in mouse and rat models of breast cancer, molecular techniques such as real time quantitative PCR and Western blotting, cell culture and cell differentiation assays, immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence and microscopy. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing prior research experience and research interests, CV, and the contact information for two references to lmarendt@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending upon experience

Contact
Lisa Arendt
lmarendt@wisc.edu

Research Intern Integrative Biology Sept 1 2021

Requirements: A Bachelor's in Neuroscience, Cell biology, Biochemistry, or a related field is required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. Minimum of 1 year of research experience is required (undergraduate research applicable). A strong background in molecular biology, DNA/RNA work, solution making, and microscopy is preferred. Prior experience with zebrafish husbandry and embryo manipulation would be highly desirable. The applicant must be highly motivated, detail oriented, organized, and willing to work in a small team environment.

Job Duties: We are looking for a dedicated person to join our group. The Drerup lab investigates the molecular, cellular, and genetic regulation of neural circuit structure and function using zebrafish and cultured human cells. More information on our website (dreruplab.com). The applicant would be trained in DNA/RNA/protein work, zebrafish genetic manipulation, protein biochemistry, and advanced microscopy techniques. The position would also entail lab and colony management. For more information, please contact Katie Drerup (drerup@wisc.edu). To apply, send a cover letter, resume/CV and at least 2 letters of recommendation to drerup@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 50-100%
Salary: Dependent upon experience; Minimum $32,000

Contact
Katie Drerup
drerup@wisc.edu

Research Intern Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Aug 6 2021

Requirements: Required minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: - A basic understanding of microbial fermentation is required. - At least one year of laboratory research experience including experience with microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry techniques. - Strong laboratory record-keeping skills, scientific communication ability, and Excel spreadsheet/data analysis skills are also required. - Candidates must have flexible schedules to accommodate fermentation that may occur at non-standard times and days.

Job Duties: Principal duties: Successful candidates will work as part of a team within the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) to provide various biomass and synthetic hydrolysates, conversion residues, and support fermentation research. Multiomic samples will be collected during microbial fermentation and further processed. Data analysis from these samples will help to identify microbial responses to different feedstock hydrolysates, and bottlenecks from biomass to biofuel production. The primary responsibilities of this research intern position are: - Prepare growth media and microbial cultures for fermentation experiments - Set-up and operate batch, fed-batch, and continuous fermentation to test biofuel production from microbial strains - Collect samples during fermentation and record the data - Conduct distillation to generate conversion residues - Help analyzing the fermentation data - Assist in preparing other microbial media, fermentation reagents, and supplies as well as assisting in the organization and maintenance of the lab.

Begin Date: Immediately/Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $31,000

Contact
Yaoping Zhang
yzhang8@wisc.edu

Research Intern Anesthesiology / Medical Genetics Oct 31 2021

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in genetics, biology, molecular biology, or a similar field. Prior research experience is preferred as is experience working with fruit flies (although it is not required.

Job Duties: The Perouansky Lab studies the effects of anesthetics in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) models of human neurodegenerative diseases. The main job duty will be to conduct research on the effect of anesthetics in flies with mitochondrial dysfunction or with traumatic brain injury. This is an opportunity to build molecular biology and genetic skills and experience a full-time research position. Duties include fly husbandry (maintaining fly stocks, setting up genetic crosses), molecular biology techniques (DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, gel electrophoresis, etc), participating in lab meeting (presenting data and journal club papers), and keeping the lab in clean and working order. The successful candidate should be self-motivated, independent, organized, detail oriented, and enthusiastic about their science! To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and references to mperouansky@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: #36,200 (UW-framework)

Contact
Zach Olufs
olufs@wisc.edu

Research Intern Waisman Center Aug 31 2021

Requirements: A Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience or related field is required. Previous experience in a biomedical research laboratory and good laboratory practices are required. Experience with aseptic technique, mammalian cell culture, and basic molecular biology techniques is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates available for a 2-year commitment.

Job Duties: The Research Intern will have the opportunity to gain extensive training, knowledge and experience in utilizing human pluripotent stem cells to generate cerebral organoids. They will also perform molecular biology experiments (PCR, ddPCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning, among other), cell transfection, histology (immunofluorescence, in situ hybridization), and imaging. Additionally, there will be some lab management duties, including ordering supplies, maintaining stocks, records keeping, and regulatory compliance documents. For more information about the lab, visit neuro.wisc.edu/staff/sousa-andre-m-m. Interested applicants should send their current resume/CV and cover letter to andre.sousa@wisc.edu

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on experience

Contact
Andre Sousa
andre.sousa@wisc.edu

Research Intern Food Science Until filled

Requirements: Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Immunology, or related field required. Candidates with advanced degrees will also be considered. Minimum 1-year experience in a research lab with a strong background in molecular biology, microbiology, and/or biochemistry is required. Prior experience with bacterial genetics and protein chemistry is highly desirable. Must be highly motivated with excellent time management skills; ability to organize and maintain accurate records; experience using EXCEL; strong attention to detail; and the ability to work in a team environment and laboratory setting.

Job Duties: The Huynh lab studies bacterial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance mechanisms. For more information, please visit the lab website. The successful candidate will lead a project identifying mechanisms for cell wall integrity and antibiotic resistance in Gram-positive bacteria. The position also involves occasional support work to other projects in the lab and some light lab management duties such as tracking inventory and ordering supplies. Our work is multidisciplinary, and we have strong working relationships with many research groups on campus. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn different techniques in bacterial physiology and protein chemistry. You will be an active lab member and have ample opportunities to present your work at different scientific focus groups on campus. The successful candidate should be scientifically curious, enthusiastic and eager to learn, and highly detail-oriented. You should be flexible to do some light work on the weekends or after hours if experiments require. Primary functions include: - Perform molecular biology techniques: cloning, bacterial genetics, and phenotypic characterization, qRT-PCR, Western blotting, mammalian cell culture, protein expression, and purification, enzyme assays - Organize and record data - Participate in lab management, including preparing stock solutions, lab inventory, receiving packages, lab safety documentation - Assist laboratory members with experiments - Participate in lab and focus group meetings

Begin Date: August 2021
Percent Time: 50-100% FTE
Salary: Negotiable; based on experience

Contact
Tu-Anh Huynh
thuynh6@wisc.edu

Research Intern Surgery Until filled

Requirements: BA or BS required, preferable in biology, or related field. At least one year of laboratory research experience working with basic molecular techniques and/or experience handling laboratory animals - specifically mice.

Job Duties: This research position in Dr. Josh Mezrich's Lab within the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Public Health will involve projects studying the effects of environmental signals on immune responses in mice. This includes effects of inhaled pollution, diet, microbiome products on autoimmunity in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (environmental autoimmune encephalomyelitis).


Contact
Joshua Mezrich, MD
mezrich@surgery.wisc.edu

Research Intern Comparative Biosciences Until filled

Requirements: This is a full time position for a research intern with a minimum 1 year commitment in the laboratory of Dr. Kimberly Keil Stietz of the UW–Madison Department of Comparative Biosciences. The Keil Stietz lab's research is dedicated to understanding effects of developmental exposure to environmental contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), on the function of the lower urinary tract. Following training the successful candidate will be responsible for conducting animal experiments, tissue dissection and imaging, and molecular analyses, including PCR, IHC and electrophoresis. The successful candidate will also engage with Dr. Keil Stietz and her research team in planning experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and preparation of research manuscripts. The job will require about 40 hours per week including occasional night or weekend work. Preference will be given to motivated applicants who are eager to intellectually engage and take ownership of their work.

Job Duties: 1. Mouse colony husbandry and maintenance. 2. Conducting mouse exposure trials. 3. Mouse tissue dissection and imaging. 4. Cellular and molecular assays like in situ hybridization, real time PCR, and DNA electrophoresis. 5. Conducting literature searches and coordinating with research collaborators. Application process: Interested applicants should provide a current resume/C.V. that includes date available to begin work, relevant course work and grades earned, cumulative grade point average, laboratory research experience, and the contact information for three references. In addition, applicants should include a cover letter describing past research experience and detail specific scientific methods performed and mastered. A bachelor's degree in biology or a related area is required, and it is preferred that applicants have at least 1 year of bench-based research experience whether it be via part-time student employment or internships. Applicants with previous mouse handling experience are especially sought. The applicant must be well organized and intellectually curious. Please send completed materials to kkeil@wisc.edu. More information about the Keil Stietz laboratory can be found at: www.vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/keilstietz/research

Begin Date: ASAP - Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Depending on Experience

Contact
Kimberly Keil Stietz
kkeil@wisc.edu

Research Intern Medical Genetics Aug 1 2021

Requirements: The applicant should be a recent bachelor's graduate in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or related field. Experience working in a laboratory research environment (undergraduate experience will qualify) and ability to work as a team member are 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. We are seeking a highly motivated research intern who will contribute to a highly collaborative group studying age-related diseases using mouse as a model organism. Preference will be given to applicants with experience using molecular biology techniques and working with primary cell cultures and/or rodent models. Responsible, independent and highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply. Recent college graduates with aspiration to attend a graduate school in the future are welcome. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter describing prior research experience and research interests, CV, and the contact of two references to aikeda@wisc.edu.

Begin Date: immediately/flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $31,200

Contact
Akihiro Ikeda
aikeda@wisc.edu