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Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Entomology
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: September 1, 2015
End Date: August 30, 2016
Contact Name: Sean Schoville
Contact Address: 1630 Linden Dr., 637 Russell Labs
Contact Phone: (608)262-2956
Contact Email: sean.schoville@wisc.edu

Requirements: Desirable skills for this project include familiarity with Linux operating systems and computer programming (Perl, Python, and R), as well as previous experience analyzing population genetic data. Funding for this position is available for 1 year with the possibility of extension. To apply, please send a single pdf with a cover letter, a CV, 1-2 representative publications, and names and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Sean Schoville. Start date is flexible but preference will be given to candidates that can begin in late-August or early-September 2015.

Job Duties: Understanding the mechanisms underlying rapid evolutionary change, particularly at the scale of the whole genome, is an important challenge for both theoretical and applied evolutionary biology. This genome resequencing project focuses on the Colorado potato beetle, and its relatives, to understand the structural and functional genomic changes associated with the beetle?s host range expansion onto potato, the colonization of novel climatic regimes, and the rapid development of insecticide resistance (to over 50 classes of insecticides!). The post-doctoral associate will be expected to analyze whole-genome resequence data to assess the population genomics and structural genomic changes across a diverse sample of Colorado potato beetle genomes. This project will provide training opportunities in bioinformatics analysis, population genetic modeling and phylogenomic analysis.

Deadline: June 30, 2015


Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Comparative Biosciences
Salary: NIH Standard
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: Immediately
Contact Name: Masatoshi Suzuki
Contact Address: 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Contact Phone: (608)262-4264
Contact Email: msuzuki@vetmed.wisc.edu

Requirements: Ph.D. in biology or other biomedical science (preferably cell biology, muscle biology, neuroscience or related field). This individual should have a strong background designing and conducting biochemical and molecular biological experiments well as considerable experience using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) and cell sorting.

Job Duties: The applicant will work on NIH/NINDS and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association funded research projects to create human skeletal muscle progenitor/stem cells from hPSCs. These cells will be used for in vitro disease modeling and cell-based therapy in ALS. The applicant will be responsible for the preparation, modification, and characterization of skeletal muscle progenitor/stem cells derived from healthy donors or ALS patients. Preference will be given to candidates with cell sorting experience. This person will be responsible for designing experiments, interpreting findings in light of contemporary literature, and writing up results for presentations, publications, and grant proposals. This highly motivated candidate will work independently, maintain a positive attitude, possess superior organization skills, and pay close attention to detail. The Research Associate will also be expected to supervise student research associated with parent grant projects.

Deadline: May 31, 2015


Title: Research Intern
Contact Department: Comparative Biosciences
Salary: $28,595
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: Immediately
Contact Name: Masatoshi Suzuki
Contact Address: 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Contact Phone: (608)262-4264
Contact Email: msuzuki@vetmed.wisc.edu

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology or other biomedical science field, preferably cell biology, muscle biology or related science. This individual should have a strong background conducting biochemical and molecular biological experiments as well as considerable experience using human pluripotent stem cells and cell sorting.

Job Duties: Our lab develops therapeutic strategies to treat neuromuscular diseases using human pluripotent stem cells. Under the supervision of the PI (Masatoshi Suzuki), the research intern will conduct laboratory research related to neuromuscular disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This person will assist with general lab duties including maintenance of human stem cells and projects employing molecular biology studies, immunostaining, microscopy, and cell sorting. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a biomedical background who seeks professional development as a scientist.

Deadline: May 31, 2015


Title: Research Intern
Contact Department: Medicine
Salary: Minimum $28,595
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: June 1, 2015 or earlier
Contact Name: Kimberly Pinch
Contact Address: 1685 Highland Ave Madison, WI 53705
Contact Phone: (608)265-4097
Contact Email: kjpinch@medicine.wisc.edu

Requirements: Bachelor's degree required in the biological sciences or a health-related field. Research experience required, preferably greater than 2 years of experience. Experience in at least some of the following areas is preferred: recruiting human subjects, handing human tissue, DNA preparation, ELISA, cell culture, microscopy, and/or mouse handling. This position can start June 1 or sooner and extends for one year after hire with the possibility of renewal depending on performance. Applications should include resume (with GPA, major and/or relevant coursework, and research experience including experimental techniques) with contact information for two to three references and cover letter with a brief summary of research and career interests and expected availability date.

Job Duties: The candidate will be responsible for facilitating the research program of Dr. Miriam Shelef in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Shelef's research focuses on immune cells and the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmunity. The candidate will work with Dr. Shelef and other laboratory members to conduct high quality research. Specific duties include: 1. Recruiting and enrolling subjects for a new biorepository including contacting potential subjects, performing eligibility screening, administering a questionnaire and obtaining informed consent. 2. Extracting clinical data from the electronic medical record and entering it into a secure database for the biorepository. 3. Purifying DNA and serum from human samples. 4. Performing ELISA on human serum. 5. Performing experiments to analyze immune cell function. 6. Assisting Dr. Shelef and other lab members with experiments and other research-related tasks that may include PCR, gel electrophoresis, cell culture, immunostaining, experiments with mice, and others. 7. Assisting Dr. Shelef with administrative duties related to the laboratory such as maintaining inventory lists, ordering and maintaining supplies and equipment, writing and updating research protocols, and other similar activities. 8. Supervising undergraduate research assistants (student hourly position holders) hired to assist with research projects.

Deadline: August 1, 2015


Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Medicine
Salary: NIH Standard
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: July 1, 2015
Contact Name: Lee Eckhardt
Contact Phone: (608)265-4188
Contact Address: 1111 Highland Avenue, Office 8431, WIMRII
Contact Email: lle@medicine.wisc.edu

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular Pharmacology, Physiology or closely related field. Essential requirements include graduate level training in advanced patch/voltage clamp and Familiarity with cardiac ion channels is highly desirable. This individual should also have a strong background in molecular and cellular biology techniques. Experience with cell culture and preferably hiPS-CMs is an added competitive skill. Animal handling is not necessary but experience with transgenic models is a plus.

Job Duties: The Research Associate (Postdoc) will work on NIH funded research project related to cardiac arrhythmias related to potassium inward rectifier current. Dr. Eckhardt's lab focuses on the cellular mechanisms of inherited and acquired arrhythmia syndromes. The position requires the ability to design research methodologies and perform the research with critical thinking and ability to identify problems and barriers. Techniques required include an in-depth understanding as well as performance with voltage and current clamp experiments with a variety of cell types including myocytes and cell line preparations. The postdoc will be involved in several projects that are both independent and synergistic with other collaborative tissue engineering initiatives on campus. Experiments will entail the use of advanced gene editing techniques, standard immunocytochemical detection assays, confocal imaging and analysis, biomaterials, and standard gene expression assays including quantitative PCR and next-generation RNA sequencing. The Research Associate will be expected to conduct complex experiments, statistical analysis, interpret findings in light of contemporary literature, and write up results for presentations, publications, and patents. Additionally, the Research Associate will assist with training and supervision of student research associated with parent grant projects. Fluency with molecular biological techniques is important. Duties may also include supervising research specialists and undergraduate students. The candidate must be able to analyze and discuss the research performed as well as assist with manuscript preparation and grant proposals. The successful candidate will also be independent with the ability to identify research problems and pursue research projects independently and have excellent communication skills.

Deadline: July 1, 2015 (or until filled)


Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Salary: $42,000 minimum
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: June 1, 2015 (negotiable)
Contact Name: Aparna Lakkaraju
Contact Address: 1300 University Ave, SMI 677a
Contact Phone: (608)263-6176
Contact Email: lakkaraju@wisc.edu

Requirements: The Lakkaraju lab (http://sites.ophth.wisc.edu/lakkaraju/) in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate to study cell biological aspects of retinal degenerations. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, ophthalmology or a related field.

Job Duties: The research associate will work on projects funded by the National Eye Institute and private foundations to identify mechanisms that contribute to macular degeneration, a leading cause of permanent vision loss in older adults worldwide. The candidate will investigate organelle dynamics, clearance mechanisms and inflammatory processes in the retinal pigment epithelium, a primary site of insult in the pathogenesis of macular degeneration. Experience with cell and molecular biology techniques, fluorescence and electron microscopy and mouse handling is highly desirable. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. The successful applicant will work independently and in collaboration with other lab members to design and conduct experiments, analyze data, write manuscripts, assist with preparation of grant proposals and mentor students in the lab. Interested candidates should submit 1) curriculum vitae with contact information for at least two references; and 2) a cover letter with a brief summary of research interests and achievements and expected availability date to lakkaraju@wisc.edu.

Deadline: Open until filled


Title: Research Intern
Contact Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Salary: $28,595
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: May 15, 2015 (negotiable)
Contact Name: Aparna Lakkaraju
Contact Address: 1300 University Ave, SMI 677a
Contact Phone: (608)263-6176
Contact Email: lakkaraju@wisc.edu

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in biology, cell biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics or related field. Prior research experience is essential. Experience with rodent handling, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and histopathology techniques is highly desirable. The applicant should be highly motivated, have excellent organizational and communication skills and strong attention to detail.

Job Duties: The candidate will work in the laboratory of Dr. Aparna Lakkaraju (http://sites.ophth.wisc.edu/lakkaraju/) in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Research in the Lakkaraju Lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to macular degeneration, the most common cause of age-related permanent blindness in the world today. Specific duties include: 1. Assist with maintenance of mouse colonies, including husbandry (breeding, weaning, mouse identification), genotyping, and record keeping/database maintenance. 2. Work with Lakkaraju lab members to conduct high quality research using techniques such as standard mammalian cell culture (primary and immortalized cells), transfections, biochemical assays and molecular biology techniques (sub-cellular fractionation, immunoblotting, cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, RT-PCR, etc) and microscopy. 3. Maintain the laboratory including preparing reagents, keeping material and chemical inventories and assisting with the preparation of biosafety and animal protocols. 4. Perform other job-related duties as required. Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information of two or three references and expected availability date to lakkaraju@wisc.edu.

Deadline: July 1, 2015


Title: Research Intern
Contact Department: Biomedical Engineering
Salary: $28,595
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: May 1, 2015 (negotiable)
Contact Name: Pam Kreeger
Contact Email: kreeger@wisc.edu

Requirements: The applicant should hold, or be about to complete, a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, biology, biochemistry, or related field. Research experience is preferred. Experience with cell and molecular biology techniques, developing in vitro disease models, or microfabrication/microfluidics are highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to work both independently and in collaboration with other researchers. Excellent organization and communication skills are essential.

Job Duties: A highly motivated individual is being sought for a collaborative position in the laboratories of Dr. Pam Kreeger (kreegerlab.org) and Dr. Kristyn Masters (openwetware.org/wiki/Masters). Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly and results from the inappropriate growth of blood vessels in the eye (known as angiogenesis). AMD is associated with changes to multiple physical and biological properties of the retina. The candidate will work to develop a novel in vitro model of the retina that will allow us to investigate the impact of these changes on angiogenesis. Early tasks will include optimizing design parameters for this system and characterizing behavior of cells in response to changes in this system through microscopy and molecular assays. Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references to the email address provided. Position is for a one year period with opportunity to renew.

Deadline: July 1, 2015


Title: Research Intern
Contact Department: Biomedical Engineering
Salary: $28,595
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: May 1, 2015 (negotiable)
Contact Name: Megan N. McClean, Ph.D.
Contact Phone: 608-890-0416
Contact Email: mmcclean@wisc.edu

Requirements: Bachelor's degree required in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, bioinformatics or related field. Research experience preferred. Experience with molecular biology, microscopy, and/or microbiology preferred. The applicant should have excellent organizational skills, the flexibility to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and strong attention to detail.

Job Duties: The candidate will be responsible for facilitating the research program of Dr. Megan McClean in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Research in the McClean Lab focuses on understanding the dynamics and information processing capabilities of signaling pathways in single eukaryotic cells. Work will involve assisting with general lab support duties and projects employing molecular biology, microscopy, and microfluidic techniques to study signal transduction in S. cerevisiae signaling pathways. Specific duties include: maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies as well as making solutions and stocks as needed, ordering and restocking supplies, preparing S. cerevisiae and E. coli cultures for various experiments, performing basic molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to PCR, nucleic acid extraction and western blots, preparing microfluidic devices and S. cerevisiae for microscopy, analyzing S. cerevisiae using genetic techniques including tetrad dissection and random spore analysis. The ideal candidate is one who seeks professional development as a scientist and is therefore interested in reading current literature and conducting an independent research project. Highly motivated candidates with physics/engineering/mathematics backgrounds who want to gain experience in experimental biology and biologists/chemists interested in quantitative techniques are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: July 1, 2015


Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery/Biomedical Engineering
Salary: $42,840 (NIH Standard)
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: Negotiable
Contact Name: Dr. Krishanu Saha
Contact Address: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison, WI 53715
Contact Phone: 608-316-4313
Contact Email: ksaha@wisc.edu

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in biomedical or chemical engineering, bioengineering, genomics, or a closely related field. This individual should have a strong background in molecular biology techniques as well as considerable experience in stem cell culture, preferably with human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). Familiarity or interest in gene editing and deriving differentiated neural cells/tissues from hPSCs is required.

Job Duties: The Research Associate (Postdoc) will work on Burroughs Wellcome and EPA funded research projects to derive 2-D and 3-D neural tissues from hPSCs for regenerative medicine, disease modeling, drug discovery, and toxicity screening. The researcher will be involved in several projects that are both independent and synergistic with other collaborative tissue engineering initiatives on campus. Experiments will entail the use of advanced gene editing techniques, standard immunocytochemical detection assays, confocal imaging and analysis, biomaterials, and standard gene expression assays including quantitative PCR and next-generation RNA sequencing. The Research Associate will be expected to conduct complex experiments, statistical analysis, interpret findings in light of contemporary literature, and write up results for presentations, publications, and patents. Additionally, the Research Associate will assist with training and supervision of student research associated with parent grant projects.

Deadline: December 31, 2015


Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral)
Contact Department: Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping
Salary: NIH Standard
Percent Time: 100%
Begin Date: Immediate Opening
Contact Name: Whitney Sweeney
Contact Address: Box 4675, Clinical Science Center, 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792
Contact Email: sweeney@biostat.wisc.edu
Contact Phone: 608-262-9184

Requirements: Candidates should have a PhD in the data sciences (e.g., Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering), the biomedical sciences (e.g., Genetics, Biochemistry), and/or a MD (or other appropriate clinical degree). A significant background in computational and/or statistical methods is required.

Job Duties: The Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping (CPCP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a newly established National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Center for Excellence, has openings for several Postdoctoral Research Associates in areas of biomedical data science. The CPCP was created to significantly advance the state of the art in computational methods for transforming large, heterogeneous, high-dimensional data sources into predictive models for biomedicine. The CPCP has brought together leading data science and biomedical researchers to develop innovative new approaches and tools that are able to discover, and make crucial inferences with models of phenotypes elicited from molecular profiles, medical images, electronic health records, population-level data and other data types. Interested applicants should:
-Send a letter indicating their interest and experience, a CV, and copies of two representative publications via e-mail to sweeney@biostat.wisc.edu
-Arrange for two letters of reference to be sent to sweeney@biostat.wisc.edu.
-We encourage applicants to also send links to software that they have developed.

Deadline: July 1, 2015 or until filled