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Research Intern Waisman Center Dec 21 2018

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field. One year of research experience in a laboratory setting is highly preferred; relevant undergraduate research experience will be considered. Experience with aseptic technique and culturing mammalian cells preferred.

Job Duties: The Gamm Lab studies inherited and acquired eye diseases that culminate in the degeneration of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium, a significant cause of visual morbidity. The goals of the Lab are to use human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to investigate the cellular and molecular events that occur during retinogenesis, to model retinal degenerative diseases, and to provide cells for use in rescue or replacement therapies. This is an opportunity for individuals to pursue additional training and experience prior to pursuing a graduate or advanced degree. The individual will have the opportunity to gain further training, knowledge and experience in the culture and maintenance of hPSCs, differentiation toward retinal cell types and tissues, and characterization of retinal cells derived from hPSCs. Additionally, they will learn skills such as sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and molecular techniques to investigate retinal development in vitro. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume/CV to Melissa Strupp at Please contact Melissa with any questions related to this position.

Begin Date: 01/01/2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $32,500

Melissa Strupp

Research Intern Biochemistry Dec 15 2018

Requirements: An outstanding opportunity is available for a recent bachelor's graduate in biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, or a related field who seeks further training prior to graduate school. The Landick lab seeks a highly motivated candidate with undergraduate research experience who will benefit from learning rigorous experimental science while studying the structure, mechanism, and regulation of the central enzyme of gene expression, RNA polymerase. The successful candidate will be eager to pursue a career in science, hard-working, curious, and able to work effectively in a group as well as semi-independently after a period of training. Strong quantitative and concentration skills are also required. Our research uses conventional and single-molecule biochemistry, in vivo genome-scale methods, and structural biology as approaches. The last three interns are currently in PhD programs or postdocs at UW–Madison, Brown, or Stanford.

Job Duties: The new intern will join a vibrant, highly interactive research group as a full member who generates, discusses, and presents research results and shares in lab support activities. Research duties will include planning and executing experiments to analyze transcription by biochemical and genomic methods under guidance of the PI. The position requires a 1.5-year commitment. 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.

Begin Date: Dec, 2018-Jan, 2019
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $30,000

Robert Landick

Research Intern Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Dec 31 2018

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in microbiology, genetics, molecular/cell biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering or relevant field. Required minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: -1 year of post Bachelor's degree laboratory research experience including experience with microbiology, molecular and cell biology, and biochemistry techniques. -Experience in aseptic culturing of yeast and/or bacteria. -Specific experience with microbial fermentations, molecular biology techniques and effectively working with others as part of a research team will be advantageous. -Candidates must have flexible schedules to accommodate experimentation that may occur at non-standard times and days.

Job Duties: Successful candidates will work as part of a team within the Microbial Synthetic Biology (MiSynBio) Lab in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The central goal of the MiSynBio Lab is to engineer and develop microbial organisms that can effectively and efficiently convert sugars from sustainable and renewable plant biomass into biofuels, which can help relieve the dependence on both domestic and foreign petroleum. The primary responsibilities of this research specialist position are to perform and support lab research aimed at investigating new ways to genetically engineer yeast and bacteria for improved cellulosic biofuel production. The research specialist will: -Perform high throughput, small scale fermentations with media derived from plant feedstocks. -Perform cutting edge studies to identify plant-derived fermentation inhibitors of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Zymomonas mobilis. -Genetically engineer S. cerevisiae strains for stress tolerance and characterize resulting strains to assess their biofuel production capabilities. -Prepare genomic DNA from engineered yeast strains and perform strain confirmations by molecular biology techniques. -Perform recombinant DNA techniques to genetically engineer yeast for improved fermentation of lignocellulosic sugars; characterize engineered strains for improved properties. -Assist in preparing microbial media, reagents, and supplies as well as assisting in the organization and maintenance of the lab. -Present research progress and results in regularly scheduled meetings.

Begin Date: 12/3/2018
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $28,595

Trey Sato

Research Intern Biomolecular Chemistry Jan 1 2018

Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field is required. At least 1 year of experience working in a research laboratory is preferred. Experience with mammalian cell culture, molecular biology techniques and mouse colony management or experimentation with mouse model of human diseases are highly desirable. To apply, please email contact below with a resume and cover letter outlining your relevant experience and interest in this role along with contact information of two references.

Job Duties: The Engin lab is seeking a highly motivated, dedicated, responsible person who is planning to pursue a graduate or medical degree after successful completion of this internship. The candidate will receive training in molecular mechanisms of diabetes and beta cell biology by utilizing cell culture and mouse model of diabetes. 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 and training areas will include, but not limited to: mammalian cell culture, DNA/RNA purification, PCR, western blotting, mouse colony management, metabolic tests with mice, tissue sectioning, immunofluorescence staining, confocal and epifluorescence imaging. Expectations include a high level of organization, maintaining an electronic lab notebook and freezer inventory, analyzing and presenting data. Other responsibilities include participation in regular lab meetings, journal club, conference presentations and manuscript preparation.

Begin Date: Immediate
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: $29,000

Feyza Engin

Research Intern School of Pharmacy Dec 31 2018

Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biology, or related field.

Job Duties: Maintaining cell culture, performing basic molecular biology experiments, such as western blot, ELISA, and expressing and purifying proteins.

Begin Date: Flexible
Percent Time: 100%
Salary: Minimum $32,000 annual, Depending on Qualifications

Weiping Tang