University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 94067

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 04/17/19


Working Title:
Research Specialist
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor's Degree in molecular biology/biological sciences is required.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Minimum work experience of at least 1-2 years of previous laboratory experience and experience with experimental cerebral ischemia surgery in rats/mice is required.

Principal duties:
The research specialist will perform research related to understanding the role of the innate immune system in repair and recovery following focal cerebral ischemia.

50% experimental ischemia surgeries in rats/mice
- Performing Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion surgeries in rats and mice
- Using Laser Doppler to check cerebral blood flow during above surgeries
- Post-op care of MCAO animals
- Neurobehavioral assessment of animals post-op
- Dissection, collection and preparation of brains after sacrifice
- Sacrifice and perfusion of above animals after specific time points

15% Molecular biology, Histology and Microscopy, tissue culture techniques
- RT-PCR, qPCR, RNA sequencing and Western blots
- Analysis of gene expression in rodent and human brain tissues
- Microscopy: bright field and fluorescent techniques, 3-D imaging
- Histology: Preparation of rodent brains for cryosectioning and immunofluorescence histochemistry
- Maintain cell lines in culture.

10% General lab duties:
- Purchasing and managing inventory of laboratory supplies and general lab maintenance.
- Performing required recordkeeping such as hazardous waste disposal
- Training and working with students and undergraduate helpers.
- Resolve unexpected/unplanned issues as they arise.

15% Assist and teach students lab techniques and procedures and help others with their experiments

10% Semi-independent research project responsibilities
  Additional Information
 Good written and oral communication skills and ability to perform literature searches.

A 12 month evaluation period will be required.

Position is currently for one year but may have the possibility for extension or become renewable depending on the need/funding.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $31,427 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This position will end on APRIL 25, 2020.
Appointment percent:80% - 100%
Anticipated begin date:APRIL 26, 2019
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: APRIL 21, 2019
Click the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. Please upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter describing your qualifications.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Brandon Dietz
Phone: 608-417-4231
202 S Park St   
Fax: N/A
Mcconnell 4th Flr Meriter-Park   
Madison, WI 53715-1507   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.