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Apply now Job no: 99648-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Cryo-Electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM) Research Center in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, seeks to hire an assistant, associate, or senior scientist as a computer scientist/system administrator. The Center will house a Titan Krios and a Talos Arctica (both instruments equipped with the Falcon III detector, the Gatan Bioquantum K3 energy filter-detector combination, and Volta phase plate system); a Talos 120 kV TEM; and an Aquilos cryo-Dual Beam system. A cryo-CLEM microscope for correlative microscopy pipelines will be available. Ancillary specimen preparation equipment is in place.

As a key member of the Cryo-EM Research Center, the primary responsibilities of the Computer Scientist/System Administrator are to identify Cryo-EM computational/imaging related research problems, provide computational expertise in experimental design and provide computational support for the Cryo-EM Research Center's activities. Working with the Center Director and staff, the Computer Scientist/System Administrator develops and uses existing software, pipelines, and database systems to analyze and manage Cryo-EM structural data.

Develops methodologies and provides support associated with the microscope and image detector computers and servers, the Cryo-EM Research Center cluster, and collaborates with other IT units at UW-Madison for cryo-EM structure determination and data interpretation.

The Cryo-EM Center Computer Scientist/System Administrator reports directly to the Cryo-EM Research Center Director.

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.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Bioinformatics or a closely allied field is required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Two years minimum post-graduate experience related to computational biology, image processing, and data management.
- Proficiency in at least one scripting language (i.e., Python/Perl/Ruby) is required.
- A peer-reviewed publication record in computational biology or image processing, and experience with databases.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to work independently and multitask efficiently are expectations, along with the ability to discuss computation and image processing with individuals who lack an understanding of those methods.

Additional Information:

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. A period of evaluation will be required.

Title prefix is dependent on relevant work experience.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 99648. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system.

Click the "Apply Now" button above, to start the application process.

As part of the online application, and in order to be considered for this position, applicants should upload the following documents:
1) a curriculum vitae (CV) and
2) a brief statement of relevant research experience in cryo-EM.

Contact information for three (3) references will be requested at the time of application.


Kallee Schneider
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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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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