Associate/Assistant Scientist

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
Job Location
Madison, WI 53715

UW-Madison offers a highly competitive benefits package including; health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, and personal holidays. For more details, please visit the UW-Madison Benefits Services website at:

Job Description

A position is available with the Genetics Services unit at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center in the laboratory of Dr. David O'Connor. The successful applicant will actively participate in a team studying the genomics and immune system genetics of nonhuman primates, including whole genome and whole exome analysis, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genotyping, killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) genotyping, and Fc gamma receptor genotyping.

Responsibilities include: plan, organize, and manage fee-for-service projects for University of Wisconsin scientists and external investigators; perform and supervise individuals performing molecular biological assays including nucleic acid isolations, cDNA synthesis, PCR, and high-throughput sequencing using platforms such as the Illumina MiSeq and the PacBio RS II; and new assay development and implementation. The successful applicant will also be responsible for analysis of large data sets, such as MHC genotyping results and whole genome/whole exome sequencing results, including variant analysis and data reporting. Demonstrated ability with large data set analysis and high throughput computing is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with command-line operations, scripting, and programming.

The clients assisted by the Genetics Services unit represent a diverse array of specialties, including transplantation research, pathogen and vaccine research, pharmaceutical research, and nonhuman primate colony management. The successful applicant will be responsible for interacting with these clients, from answering questions about the assays performed by the Genetics Services unit to delivering results and assisting with any questions about the data. This individual must also ensure prompt and accurate sample handling and data flow from receipt of samples through delivery of results to the client. Applicants are expected to prepare presentations for and participate in scientific conferences, promote the Genetics Services unit to new clients, assist in grant preparation, and author peer reviewed manuscripts. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated track record of productivity as evidenced by principal authorships in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Degree and area of specialization:

PhD required, with PhD-level experience studying genomics in primates (human or nonhuman primate) and expertise in next-generation sequencing and data analysis is required. License/certification: BL2+ training required and can be completed upon hire.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

At least 3 to 5 years of post-doctoral experience required. Experience studying human and/or nonhuman primate genomics and immune system genetics preferred. Strong molecular biology and bioinformatics skills preferred. Familiarity with project management and personnel management experience preferred. Excellent communication and computer skills required. Demonstrative track record of productivity as evidenced by principal authorships in peer-reviewed scientific journals preferred.

Additional Information:

 -Criminal background check is required.
-Must be TB negative.
-A measles titer may be required.
-Must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate WNPRC vehicles.


A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

NOTE: Please indicate in writing if you request that your identity be kept confidential. If you do not indicate your preference to remain confidential, the University may be required to disclose your identify and/or application materials. The identity of finalists and successful candidates will be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

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

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the UW-Madison Job Apply system in order to be considered for the position. Application materials must be submitted no later than Friday, June 17, 2016.  Please apply here:


About Our Organization

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. WNPRC's mission is to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human health and quality of life through research. To accomplish this, the WNPRC helps discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease; generates new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems; facilitates research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide; and collects primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public. Based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the WNPRC has strong long-established research and teaching links to the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), the College of Letters and Science (L&S), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM).

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