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.