Senior Research Specialist – Poss Lab

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 virology, advanced multi-scale fluorescence and electron microscopy, metabolism and regenerative biology. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking a highly motivated research analyst with experience in animal research, molecular biology, and/or histological techniques. The Poss lab utilizes zebrafish and, occasionally, mice as model systems to study regeneration of appendages, heart muscle, spinal cord, and other organ systems. The tentative start date for this position is mid-September, as the lab begins its transition to the Morgridge Institute.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Helping to transition laboratory from previous location
  • Collect information and data through research tool generation, observation, experimentation and various other methods, to include operating technical laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Prepare tissue and specimens for complex procedures in tissue regeneration and devise experimental techniques for tests and analyses. Evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
  • Perform technical animal procedures; maintain records and write reports in accordance with general laboratory animal procedures and in compliance with required regulations.
  • Interpret experimental results and guide lab members through surgical methods and analyses, and help prepare reports of research for presentation or publication including high-quality figures that convey new findings.
  • Confer with principal investigator in determining specific experiments to be included in the research protocol and to discuss the interpretation of results.
  • Supervise, train and instruct students or less experienced personnel in laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Review journals, abstracts and scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments and to obtain information regarding previous experiments to aid in the design and development of original procedures and techniques.
  • General oversight of lab animal stocks including different transgenic and mutant strains.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and train others on its use.
  • Ordering and organization of lab supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory biosafety, chemical safety, and animal use protocols.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary duties.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in biology or other directly related scientific field
  • Work requires 8 years or more of research experience and/or post-bachelor’s degree education.
  • Previous animal handling experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Experience with experiments using research animals
  • Strong background in biology or engineering
  • Co-authored contributions to primary research reports
  • Ability to perform reproducible imaging experiments
  • Working knowledge of image analysis
  • Must have the ability to work both independently and part of a dynamic research team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential
  • Knowledge and skills relevant to lab organization and management

In order to insure the safety of our workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

To apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume/CV and a list of at least three (3) professional references via the link below.

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