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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 261307-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The lab is dedicated to studying the genetics of metabolic diseases, with a special focus on diabetes. Our discovery platform is mouse genetics. We conduct genetic screens in mice for traits related to glucose metabolism, insulin secretion, and lipid metabolism.

The lab has a broad skill set, which includes physiological studies in mice, tissue culture experiments, fluorescence microscopy in isolated pancreatic islets and in cell lines. We also carry out studies of gene expression, which includes assessment of open chromatin structure and gene expression through RNA-seq. The genetic screens and the analyses of genomic data provide us with actionable clues motivate our hypothesis-testing experiments.

The lab currently has two other technicians, who have each been in the lab >20 years and have extraordinary skill and experience. They have a long history of nurturing and training other technicians as well as graduate students and post-docs.

For our research in the area of diabetes, this person will learn to isolate pancreatic islets and to maintain beta-cell lines and carry out experiments on insulin secretion. There is also some microscopy that is required; this includes immunohistochemistry of tissue sections and fluorescence microscopy of living cells imaged for protein markers and for calcium ions. The individual will also study transcriptional regulation in projects where we study the role of transcription factors in diabetes susceptibility. There is substantial data analysis and preparation of graphics for lab meetings and publications. The technician will become familiar with the literature in the field and eventually be able to implement published experimental protocols.

Responsibilities: Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and solves problems in research development and applications to support the advancement of research.
  • 65% Collects and analyzes increasingly complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 10% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, co-authors publications, and disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 5% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
  • 10% Develops and implements increasingly complex research methodologies, procedures, and criteria
  • 5% Reviews and edits protocols to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and consistency
  • 5% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
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 biology, biochemistry, genetics, or related area.


Experience with tissue culture, animal work, and/or molecular biology methods is desired. We look for people with a strong work ethic, who enjoy being part of a team, who are generous in spirit, and enthusiastic about science. We are especially interested in individuals who have a background working on transcriptional regulation. This involves peforming ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, and being able to analyze the data that emerges from these methods.

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.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The starting salary for the position is $65,000 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

Additional Information:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) 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. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 261307. Applications must be received through UW Madison's online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.
To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. Applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, and provide three professional references.


Stefanie Lannoye
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 II(RE041)



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.

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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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