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JOB NO.: 94049-AS

Work Type: Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 94049-AS

Working Title: Associate/Research Specialist


Hiring Department: A348800-VCRGE/PRIMATE/PRIMATE

FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: MAY 07, 2018

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $36,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

B.S. or B.A in Zoology, Biology, Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Animal Sciences or related field with relevant experience; OR licensed veterinary technician, medical technologist, or laboratory animal technician with a B.S. or B.A.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Experience (1-2 years) in a research or clinical laboratory setting is required (laboratory experience during course work or professional training or relevant experience will be considered). Clinical pathology and/or necropsy skills are desired as well as experience working with animals or tissues (especially nonhuman primates).

Must be able to work as an integral part of a team, learn and perform complicated tasks through both instruction and independent study, and perform independent and team-based problem-solving. A high level of personal initiative, determination to expand skills and knowledge, organization, attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and outstanding customer service are required. Must be comfortable working with both Macintosh and PC computers as well as complex electronic databases.

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

The successful applicant will work as an integral part of a team providing routine and emergency diagnostic services and research support through clinical pathology and post mortem services in the Pathology Services Unit of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC).

The Pathology Services Unit (PSU) works cooperatively with other WNPRC Units to provide timely and accurate diagnosis and effective monitoring and interpretation of acute and chronic conditions affecting colony animals and subjects assigned to research studies. The PSU has an integral role in research at the WNPRC, offering services including but not limited to: clinical pathology testing; cytology evaluation; surgical biopsy evaluation; gross post mortem examination; specialized sample collections; and histology with unbiased interpretation of lesions in reference to the experimental questions and goals. The PSU also works closely with investigators to provide advice concerning protocol development, anatomy, disease pathogenesis, sample collection procedures, and the modification and creation of innovative procedures to answer research hypotheses. Moreover, the outstanding services provided by the PSU prevent and rapidly identify the presence and confounding effects of pathogens and unanticipated biologic responses in research studies and the primate colony. The PSU works closely with investigators in areas of research including vaccine development for infectious diseases, reproductive health, transgenic animal models, models of aging, models of neurodegenerative diseases and neurophysiology, and stem cell biology. The PSU is also responsible for the collection, banking/inventory, and distribution of nonhuman primate samples through both the Nonhuman Primate Biological Materials Distribution (NHPBMD) core and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Nonhuman Primate Tissue Bank. These banked tissues and biological samples are available to locally, nationally, and internationally located investigators for research and education.

Additional Information:

Applicant must be comfortable working with nonhuman primates, infectious diseases, and chemicals/medications in a medical research setting, and wearing various required personal protective equipment (PPE).

Must be TB negative.

Applicant will be required to have a measles titer within the first week of employment. Depending on the results of the blood test, applicant may need to be immunized.

Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles.

Required on-call duties will include weekend, evening and holiday work (on a rotating basis).

On the job training will be provided in both clinical pathology and post mortem services. Training for the shipment of biologically and chemically hazardous materials is required and will also be provided.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required.


Rachael Buss
[email protected]
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. )

Instructions to applicants:

Please click "Apply Now" to submit a cover letter and current resume highlighting relevant experience referencing PVL 94049. In addition, you will be asked to provide 3 professional references. Contact information should include both phone numbers and email addresses.

Please note: Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: Apr 5 2018 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Apr 25 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time





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