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Research Technician - Newmark Lab

The lab of Dr. Phillip Newmark at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for a collaborative and self-driven Research Technician to assist with the research projects directed towards understanding and blocking the transmission of schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease caused by parasitic flatworms known as schistosomes. More information on the Newmark lab can be found on their website or Twitter: @planapalooza.
What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits
  • The opportunity to learn new scientific approaches expand your knowledge and skills
  • Hands-on training and mentorship
What you’ll do:
  • Maintain rotifer cultures used for the production of Schistosome Paralysis Factor, a natural product that can prevent schistosome infection.
  • Purify Schistosome Paralysis Factor and assist with downstream analyses of its function.
  • Assist in the design and execution of projects relating to the intra-mammalian development of schistosomes, working with a team of researchers.
  • Will manage adherence to institutional biosafety and animal care-and-use standards, as well as keep compliance records/logs up-to-date.
  • Will maintain the schistosome life cycle, which involves snail and mouse hosts.
  • Conduct literature reviews to be used in determining most suitable research methods.
  • Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies, including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data.
  • Present data to the entire lab (lab meetings ~1-2 times a year), and occasionally at scientific meetings.
  • Train others in technical protocols.
What you bring:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related area, or equivalent experience
  • At least one year of prior wet lab experience
  • Prior experience with mouse handling preferred
  • Excellent troubleshooting and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative spirit and a willingness to dive in where help is needed within the lab
Physical Requirements
Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Please Note:
This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Compensation and Benefits
Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 
Compensation Range
$15.53 (minimum) - $19.41 (midpoint) - $25.24 (maximum)Pay Type:
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