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JOB NO.: 96489-AS

Work Type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable

Position Vacancy ID: 96489-AS

Working Title: Research Specialist


FTE: 75% - 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: NOVEMBER 20, 2018

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $30,207 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Degree requirements: B.S. in biological sciences or related field, OR B.S. in computer sciences with 2 semesters of biological sciences classwork.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Experience in molecular biology or bioinformatics is required, and some experience with python is required. Experience with high-throughput DNA sequencing and/or computer programming is preferred but not required. Prefix assignment determined by years of relevant work experience. While some non-classroom experience is desired, new graduates of molecular biology, bioinformatics, computer science, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

License or certificate:

Biosafety training is required and can be completed upon hire.

Position Summary:

This is a great job opening for someone with experience in molecular biology and/or bioinformatics. While some non-classroom experience is desired, new graduates of molecular biology, bioinformatics or related fields are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in biological science concepts and have some experience in writing python scripts, and will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and communicating experimental results.

Additional Information:

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. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

The principal duties of this position are below, or please click on the "full position details" at the additional link below.

The laboratory of Dr. David O'Connor has a contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to characterize major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genetics of nonhuman primates. The successful applicant will provide technical assistance to a team of scientists working on this project. Specific responsibilities will include:

- Run workflows on High Throughput Computing and local computing servers
- Operate deep DNA sequencing instruments, including an Illumina MiSeq, PacBio Sequel and Oxford Nanopore MinION

- Evaluate new technology platforms for MHC allele discovery and genotyping
- Generate and analyze large deep DNA sequencing datasets
- Assist with the development and evaluation of new methods for analyzing and curating MHC sequence data

- Assist with the preparation of progress reports and presentations
- Assist with administrative components of the contract, such as purchasing, budget preparation, and project logistics

- Participate in other O'Connor laboratory projects and activities as necessary

The successful applicant will have strong oral and written communication skills and a track record of exceptional productivity consistent with career stage. The MHC sequence results and research performed by the incumbent will contribute to scientific manuscripts and reports for NIAID and the scientific community.


Brian Axness
[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 start the application process. Only application materials submitted through this site on or by the assured consideration date will be accepted for consideration.

Application materials must include
1.) A cover letter detailing work experience. Please reference PVL 96489 in letter.
2.) A current CV
3.) A list of complete contact information for 3 references

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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: Oct 30 2018 Central Daylight Time

Application Close: Nov 15 2018 11:55 PM Central Standard Time





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Posted: 12/6/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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