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Assistant Research Specialist – Virology

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

The Morgridge Institute for Research Virology team, led by Dr. Paul Ahlquist in collaboration with the HHMI and University of Wisconsin-Madison, is recruiting an energetic, motivated assistant research specialist to participate in studying the molecular mechanisms of genome replication and host interactions in positive-strand RNA viruses. The studies integrate cutting-edge biochemical, molecular genetic and cell biology approaches and provide excellent opportunities to expand skills.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a well-equipped, interactive research environment at the Morgridge Institute located on the campus of the UW-Madison. The Morgridge Institute offers an extraordinary work environment built around a multi-disciplinary fusion of ideas, state-of-the-art facilities, and mentorship by groundbreaking science leaders. UW-Madison ranks sixth among all U.S. universities for research and development expenditures, exceeding $1.19 billion annually. Madison also ranks among the ‘best places to live in the US’ and residents thrive on its diversity of outdoor and cultural opportunities.

The Assistant Research Specialist will be responsible for working with the Virology team performing various studies within the Morgridge Institute for Research. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical support to an Assistant or Associate Scientist or Postdoc working on virus replication and virus-host interactions, including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and regular communication and reporting on project status
  • Preparing and presenting research results to support and participate in preparation of publications and grant writing
  • Working with team members and outside collaborators to ensure effective data generation, analysis and transfer
  • Participating in routine laboratory maintenance
  • Providing assistance with other projects, as necessary, to support the overall mission and goals of the Mogridge Institute
  • Attend lab meetings, and other meetings as required


Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related field and at least one year of direct research experience. Experience in molecular and/or cellular biology is required and experience in sterile cell culture techniques is desired. The ideal candidate will have the ability to learn quickly, to function both independently and within a multicultural team, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity are required to submit their CV/resume, a cover letter detailing their current/previous experience and the names/address of three references as one document, using the link below.

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