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Apply now Job no: 97534-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Quality, Risk Management and Compliance

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) conducts research in the field of aging and dementia, and seeks to establish effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The ADRC maintains the Wisconsin Brain Donor Program (WBDP), a repository of human brain, nervous tissue, CSF and blood samples for use in advancing dementia research.

A Research Specialist is needed to be involved in the collection, cataloguing, and distribution of antemortem biologic samples (blood, serum, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)), as well as postmortem biologic samples (brain, blood, CSF) to advance AD research. This position will require participation in all stages of study-related biologic specimen collection and documentation/sample tracking processes for ADRC research study visits and WBDP brain donations. The research specialist will help to develop, review and maintain protocols, SOP's, and regulatory documentation associated with specimen collection, storage and distribution of collected samples to be analyzed and sent to approved researchers. The research specialist will also be expected to attend ADRC meetings as appropriate, and to contribute to meeting discussions to update attendees on the efforts/outcomes of ADRC/WBDP activities pertaining to his/her duties. The research specialist will also act as a liaison with researchers approved to receive and study ADRC/WBDP specimens.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in biological or related science.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Two or more years of experience in a research laboratory required. Prior experience with human tissue handling or histology desired.

Additional Information:

The applicant's prior work experience should demonstrate the following: attention to detail, an interest in human biological research, ability to work cooperatively in a team environment, good social skills and ability to be a proactive and self-starter/problem-solver.

The individual hired must display exemplary interpersonal skills as well as efficient/proficient technical skills. Excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail are a must. Independent and accurate computer/database skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others are highly valued attributes.

The research specialist will be expected to become familiar with, and be compliant with, national standards regarding collection, storage and distribution of ADRC/WBDP biologic samples. The suitable candidate must be comfortable working with biologic samples, as well as the collection of blood, CSF, and fresh human tissues from WBDP decedents.

Participation in an on-call brain donation rotation is required, as well as periodic on call coverage of study sample freezers. When covering the pagers, the research specialist will be expected to respond 24 hours a day, and will be expected to stay in the Madison area to respond quickly to freezer concerns, and/or carry out brain donations with a UW Morgue technician (8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays), and weekday evenings/full-weekends with a WBDP Neuropathologist.

The School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center have a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $31,427 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To get started, please click on the 'Apply Now' button. You will be asked to create a profile and upload a resume and cover letter. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references as part of your online application.


James Fruehling
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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