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Apply now Job no: 251027-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

This position works in the lab of Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, within the Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology in the Department of Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Research in the Okonkwo Lab has an overarching goal to establish effective prevention of Alzheimer's disease, with specific focus on clarifying and modulating the link between brain changes and cognitive decline by both modifiable and non-modifiable factors. The program leverages the broad state-of-the-art resources at UW-Madison, including the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention, the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging, and the UW Biotechnology Center. It involves partnerships with colleagues in geriatrics, neuroradiology, medical physics, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, exercise physiology, and clinical chemistry; and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA), the Alzheimer's Association, and other foundations.

The successful candidate in this position will be actively engaged in cutting-edge neuroimaging and biomarker research studies under the direction of Dr. Okonkwo, focusing on lifestyle and genetic factors related to cognitive resilience in normal aging and preclinical Alzheimer's disease. Primary areas of responsibility include data processing, data analysis, preparation of scientific writing (abstracts, posters, papers, and grants), and mentoring trainees.

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:

Researcher I (RE040)
Researcher II (RE041)
Researcher III (RE042)

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


Master's Degree
Study in psychology, neuroscience, exercise science, kinesiology, biomedical engineering, computer
sciences, the life sciences, or other related fields preferred.


Experience with analyses of brain images and behavioral data using applicable software and statistical packages is preferred. Candidates with relevant experience in analysis of other image types and/or data and interest in applying their skills to neuroimaging research are also encouraged to apply.

Prior experience being part of an academic clinical research group is a plus.

Supervisory experience or experience mentoring research personnel strongly preferred.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Additional Information:

Candidates should have excellent writing skills, strong attention to detail, the flexibility to work both independently and collaboratively, and should understand basic elements of research studies including hypotheses generation, study design & objectives, statistical analyses, and presentation of results. Good communication skills are also essential to success in this role.

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial caregiver check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and every four years.

Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $40,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter as a part of the application process. Please ensure that the resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.

You will also be asked to provide three professional/supervisor references during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Sarah Lose
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:

Researcher I(RE040) or Researcher II(RE041) or Researcher III(RE042)

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).

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