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University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin
Date Posted 04/30/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 257510-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

As a research specialist, this individual will work in the laboratory of Dr. Dudley Lamming in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, as well as completing projects and maintaining equipment in a newly established Diabetes Center core facility. The overall goal of the laboratory is to study the biology of aging and age-related diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The projects work with rodent models and tissue culture. The applicant will be a part of a vibrant research endeavor focused on aging, diabetes and metabolism. The individual will be a member of a collaborative, congenial team including students, residents, clinical fellows, and postdoctoral research fellows seeking research training and experience. Our lab is located in the VA Hospital in newly remodeled space with state of the art equipment. A willingness to work with experimental mice and rats is essential. The candidate will be expected to assist trainees in the lab as well as Diabetes Center members with aspects of their research projects.
SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Responsibilities: Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision.
  • 20% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
  • 15% Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders
  • 20% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
  • 10% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
  • 5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
  • 10% Performs literature reviews and writes reports
  • 20% Coordinates with other labs to design experiments and perform specialized metabolic phenotyping on their projects
  • Small animal handling (record-keeping for animal colony, breeding management, genotyping, obtaining blood samples, necropsy, glucose and insulin tolerance tests).
  • Preparation of protein lysates, RNA, DNA, and cDNA from tissue sample
  • Western blotting
  • Cloning of DNA constructs for expression constructs
  • Tissue culture of various cell lines and isolated mouse and human islets using sterile technique, performing various in vitro assay
  • Perform ELISA to measure hormone concentrations
  • Quantitative PCR for determination of mRNA abundance
  • General lab recordkeeping (maintenance of safety training documentation and updating of lab safety protocols, ordering supplies and tracking purchases, ensuring laboratory equipment is functional, maintaining construct, antibody and primer logs)
  • Documentation of experimental results/data management (maintain lab notebook and storing of all lab and core facility data in electronic format).
  • Assisting in supervision of undergraduate or medical students working in the laboratory
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


Previous laboratory experience required.

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: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086 . Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu 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 $39,400 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

A strong candidate will meet the minimum requirements and bring enthusiasm, excellent organizational skills, a love for scientific discovery, a helpful attitude, a love for learning, and attention to detail to the position.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV, a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Dudley Lamming
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: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/
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 .

Applications Open: Apr 29 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: May 13 2022 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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