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Research Intern Biochemistry Aug 31 2018

Requirements: The Venturelli lab is recruiting research interns in several areas of microbial systems and synthetic biology. Areas of interest include ecological systems biology of the human gut microbiota, molecular basis of microbial interactions including metabolite interchange, design of genetic circuits for realizing novel functions in complex environments and microfluidic platforms to probe spatiotemporal behaviors of microbial systems. A B.S. or B.S.E. in biosciences or engineering is required.

Job Duties: The Venturelli lab investigates the evolutionary design principles of microbial systems across multiple scales spanning intracellular networks to microbial communities. Biological and engineering design rules will be exploited to design genetic circuits for realizing novel functions in complex environments. Our research combines multiplexed measurements of single cells and populations with concepts from engineering and dynamical systems for systems-level characterization and design.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $28,595

Stefanie Lannoye

Research Intern Biomolecular Chemistry May 1 2018

Requirements: A research intern position is available in the Engin lab lab for individuals with a recent Bachelor's or Master's degree (Please, see for more information). The intern will work in a collegial working environment to identify novel pathways that are relevant to human disease in particular to diabetes by using mouse models. This position is ideal for individuals who seek to gain research experience before applying to graduate/medical school.

Job Duties: Principle duties include: 1)Nucleic acid extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, cell culture work 2) Maintenance of mouse colonies (breeding, weaning, tagging), genotyping, phenotyping, 3) Excellent record keeping, and generating data sheets. 4) Ordering laboratory supplies, generating inventories 5) Supervising and coordinating undergraduate researchers 6) Performing experiments under the guidance of Dr. Engin. 7) Presenting data in the lab meetings. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your career goals, and previous research experiences, along with a CV, and names of three references to Dr. Engin at

Begin Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $28,595

Feyza Engin

Research Intern College of Engineering, Facilities Mar 16 2018

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, Architecture, or Facilities Management is strongly preferred.

Job Duties:

70% Facilities Design
  • Assist the Facility Designers in the development of design concepts.
  • Employ space design software to create space layouts and presentation drawings.
  • Survey existing project conditions including accurate field measurements.
  • Develop project budgets working with the Facilities Designers, other facility staff, appropriate College representatives, Facility Planning and Management and vendor representatives.
  • Act as the College representative in project implementations, coordinating and monitoring the activities or project participants.
  • Monitor the progress of projects under construction or installation and follow up to ensure user satisfaction, quality control and compliance within budget. Close out the project when all plans and specifications have been met.
  • Assist in conducting bid procedures for services, furniture, equipment and commodities in compliance with UW–Madison and the State of Wisconsin procurement policies and procedures.
30% Facilities Inventory Management and Standards Development
  • Assist in the collection and maintenance of inventory data and run inventory reports.
  • Maintain project files and building base plans.
  • Research and recommend new products appropriate to the needs of the College.
  • Obtain samples and mockups for testing by College representatives.
  • Meet with vendors to maintain COE resource library and keep information current.
  • File samples, catalogues, brochures.
  • Assist in the preparation of Standards Manuals and update them to maintain current information.

Begin Date: June 1, 2018
Percent Time: 100%

Tricia Droes
1415 Engineering Dr

Research Intern Biochemistry Apr 1 2018

Requirements: A research intern opportunity is available in the Landick lab for a highly motivated individual with a recent Bachelor's or Master's degree, who is interested in gene regulation across multiple scales. Our research seeks to connect the structure, function, and mechanism of the central cellular information processor, RNA polymerase, and its diverse regulators to genome-scale mechanisms that control when and how genes are expressed or silenced. We use bacteria as model systems and seek to understand the complex network of noncoding RNAs, nucleoid organizers, transcriptional regulators, and biomolecular machines that controls cellular gene expression in microbes and microbiomes.

Job Duties: This is an outstanding opportunity for a creative, motivated recipient of a baccalaureate degree in 2017 or May-June, 2018 who seeks additional training before entering a graduate or professional training program. We seek interns to work on one of two projects: (1) use of microbial genetics and genome-scale, high-throughput sequencing based assays of gene regulation and RNA polymerase function, including ChIP-Seq, NET-Seq, Ribo-Seq, and TSS-Seq to understand how regulatory mechanisms work in living cells; or (2) biochemical analysis of RNA polymerase structure-function using in vitro transcription, cryo-electron microscopy, or single-molecule biochemistry. The position requires a two-year commitment. An ideal candidate will be excited to pursue a scientific research career; able to work well in a highly interactive group; able to work semi-independently after a period of training; possess strong quantitative skills and knowledge of or ability to learn statistical and computational methods; and have 1-2 years of lab experience as an undergraduate. UW–Madison and our research group offer an outstanding training environment for research interns, and have a strong track-record of alumni achievement in graduate school and beyond. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your career goals and research interests, a CV, and names of three references to Questions are welcome. Landick lab

Begin Date: May-June, 2018
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $28,595

Rachel Mooney