University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 234029

Position Summary:
The Lo Sardo Lab seeks a Research Specialist to support studies focused on 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. This position will include working with cell culture; primarily human induced pluripotent stem cells, using several molecular biology techniques including, nucleic acid extraction/purification, primers/gRNAs design, PCR, qPCR, CRISPR assays and cloning, and live microscopy and fluorescent microscopy analysis. The Research Specialist will be expected to perform and analyze experiments according to established reserach requirements and specifications of the lab, and will also be expected to assist in management of the lab with ordering, maintenance of equipment, organizating, and inventory.


The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Principal duties:
Under the direction of Dr. Lo Sardo, the Research Specialist will perform research related to understanding genetic risk factor in cardiovascular disease. A highly motivated individual will provide technical support for the Lo Sardo lab and will have the ability to carry out projects on their own. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the laboratory's research program to study cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating vascular physiology.

RESP 1: Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
RESP 2: Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders
RESP 3: Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
RESP 4: Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
RESP 5: Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
RESP 6: Performs literature reviews and writes reports

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