Student Lab Assistant – Metabolism

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:

The Morgridge Institute for Research seeks a Student Lab Assistant to work in Dr. Jing Fan’s Metabolism lab.

Responsibilities include:

  • Sterilizing lab equipment.
  • Cleaning dishes and autoclaving waste.
  • Prepare media and solutions.
  • Animal husbandry, maintaining mice colony.
  • Genotyping mouse colony (PCR and gel electrophoresis).
  • Keep track of supplies.
  • Assist with experiments.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

We are looking for a student who can start by May and is willing to work in the lab for 1 year or more. The workload would be ~5 hours / week in this spring semester, and will be up to 15 hours a week, starting after the spring semester when our current student lab assistant graduates. Hours are flexible but should consist of approximately 3-4 shifts spread throughout the week during normal working hours (~8-6 PM). There is also a potential for independent study for students who show initiative and work well in this position.


Ideal candidates will be working towards a bachelor’s degree with a science focus. Prior knowledge and experience with lab equipment or animal husbandry is preferred, but not required (candidates will be trained for the tasks). Candidates must be detail-oriented, demonstrate the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and they must be able to multitask and work in a timely manner.

In order to ensure 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:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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