Research Specialist

UW Madison - Biotechnology Center
Job Location
425 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Minimum salary of $32,102; depending on experience
Job Description

Principal duties:

The University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center is a fee-for-service core facility. The applicants would be expected to support the services of the TGF and TAF. A successful employee demonstrates efficient time management skills in addition to strong attention to detail in carrying out lab and animal related tasks.

The duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

30%: Synthesis and purification of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing reagents by in vitro transcription, nucleotide quantification, traditional cloning, and Gibson assembly

30%: Screening of genome editing projects by PCR, Sanger sequencing, restriction digests and high-throughput 96-well PCR

25%: Animal model support including pre-implantation embryo collection, tissue sampling, breeding and general animal husbandry of mice and rats

10%: Research and Development

5%: General laboratory maintenance tasks such as ordering supplies, communication between users of TGF and TAF, oversee undergraduate student assistants 

Additional Information:
The prefix and salary will be determined based on years of experience and academic preparation. Some weekend, holiday and after hours work will be required.


Degree and area of specialization:

Minimum Bachelors degree in a biomedical, biotechnology or similar field. Advanced degree (or other published independent research experience) is strongly desirable, but not required.    

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of five years of relevant research lab experience, including experience working with genome editing.

The applicant will be expected to support genome editing activities of the Translational Genomics Facility (TGF) and animal model activities of the Transgenic Animal Facility (TAF) at the University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center.

Applicants must have extensive experience in a laboratory setting, demonstrating organizational skills and careful attention to detail. Applicants should also have experience with molecular biology, including PCR, Sanger sequencing, cloning, and demonstrate an understanding of these techniques. Applicants must also have experience designing or synthesizing CRISPR/Cas9 reagents, or experience in screening CRISPR/Cas9 projects. Experience in cloning, particularly Gibson Assembly, is strongly desirable. Experience with cell culture is also desirable. Applicants must also possess a sufficient literacy in genome editing strategies that allows them to clearly think through the required synthesis and purification steps.

Applicants must be comfortable working with animal models, including mice and rats, preferably with experience. 

How to Apply


Application must be received by: JULY 22, 2016


Please send a resume and cover letter to the contact listed below.Questions about the position can be directed to:Benjamin MeltzerPhone: 608-265-5478425 Henry Mall   Fax: N/AGenetics-Biotech Center Bldg   Email: ben.meltzer@wisc.eduMadison, WI 53706-1580   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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About Our Organization

The University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center is committed to maximizing the benefits of biotechnology research within the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin System, State of Wisconsin, and the nation. The center facilitates high quality, comprehensive, multidisciplinary research and supports, coordinates, disseminates, and advances biotechnology.

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