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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 243351-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

This position involves using DNA sequencing to understand SARS-CoV-2 transmission. The successful applicant will need strong computer skills in order to manage the large numbers of samples and interpret complex sequencing data.

The successful candidate will assist in developing, planning, and executing large experiments, will have a strong academic background, and show exceptional eagerness and enthusiasm. They will operate, clean, and maintain organization of research equipment and research areas as well as track inventory levels and place replenishment orders. Day-to-day responsibilities will include obtaining residual samples for sequencing from testing providers, isolating nucleic acids and performing genetic sequencing, and interpreting sequencing data, as well as communicating results with collaborators and sharing data publicly.

The successful applicant will also be expected to assist in the preparation of data for publication purposes and participate in routine lab maintenance and other ongoing projects in Dr. Dave O'Connor's and Dr. Tom Friedrich's laboratories as needed.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has 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.

About the Job:

Research Specialist (RE047)

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


Bachelor's Degree in immunology, virology, microbiology, or a related field.


Required Qualifications:
The ability to understand and communicate complex concepts, including reading and understanding scientific literature, is required. Excellent communication and computer skills are required

Additional Information:

BSL-3 training and biosafety training are required and can be completed upon hire.

The applicant must possess a valid driver's license that meets standards of UW Risk Management Driving Authorization and Car Fleet eligibility requirements in order to transport samples to/from testing providers.

Working with pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is an essential function of this position. UW-Madison complies with all applicable health and safety regulations. Nevertheless, working with pathogens poses health risks. Individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 can experience negative health consequences. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. Applicants are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider about risks. UW-Madison will provide necessary personal protective equipment, but a successful candidate must be willing to work with samples containing SARS-CoV-2 despite the aforementioned known risks. COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for individuals working in this position.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional/supervisor references as a part of the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice. Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.


Michelle Hamilton
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. )

Official Title:

Research Specialist(RE047)

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

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).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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