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Research Specialist (230696-AS)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading medical research program run by Dr. David O'Connor. More information on Dr. O'Connor's research program can be found at

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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.

A bachelor's degree with two years of lab experience or a Master's degree is preferred. Applicants must understand complex concepts of immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, and virology. The successful applicant is expected to perform literature reviews and assimilate new knowledge in topics about their research. Experience in isolating peripheral blood mononuclear cells and working with tissue and cell culture is desired. Working knowledge of "universal precautions" and aseptic techniques is required. The ability to multitask, learn new tasks, and organize many types of data from multiple projects accurately is required. Experience with SQL or similar software to run data queries is strongly desired. Familiarity with basic web authorings such as HTML, CSS, or JavaScript and/or experience with visualization and plotting tools such as Python or R is preferred.

Working with the Zika virus and clinical samples that contain viruses is an essential function of this position. UW-Madison complies with all applicable health and safety regulations. Nevertheless, working with pathogens poses health risks. Adults infected with Zika virus can experience negative health consequences. Individuals, both men and women, can transmit Zika to their offspring through semen, gestation, and breastmilk, which can cause birth and developmental defects. 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 the Zika virus despite the aforementioned known risks.