Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 07, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 227894-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Associate Research Specialist position will work with the Principal Investigator in Cancer Biology and Biomarkers in the UW Laboratory of Josh Lang, M.D. at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, as part of the Circulating Biomarker Core (CBC). The focus of the CBC is to provide sample processing and analysis services to members of the UW Cancer Center, as well as the wider non-UW research community, in-line with the development and clinical translation of biomarkers from liquid biospecimens that can predict or detect therapeutic resistance in patients with cancer. Circulating biomarkers are evaluated on clinical specimens, primarily patient blood, through a series of complex sample processing steps, including ficoll density centrifugation, magnetic depletion of normal blood cells using standard MACS columns, magnetic enrichment and protein staining or nucleic acid (DNA/mRNA) extraction of metastatic tumor cells using microfluidic technologies. Analytical systems include fluorescence microscopy, raw image conversion into quantitative data using both automated image processing algorithms and manual review of identified cells, gene expression analysis, and DNA sequencing among others. With the ultimate goal of achieving clinical implementation of these circulating biomarker diagnostics, the CBC is also actively developing systems that demonstrate and enable routine daily monitoring of the performance of the methodologies per regulatory agency requirements. Our team of highly cooperative research specialists coordinate the receipt, processing and analysis of 10-20 patient samples each week, testing a number of different protein and nucleic acid biomarkers, for different projects involving basic research and clinical trials.

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.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree, preferably in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry or other closely related biological science.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Previous experience in molecular biology methods, next generation sequencing, immunology and flow cytometry is desired but not required.
Experience with microfluidic technologies and fluorescence microscopy, as well as a circulating tumor cell research background is strongly preferred.

Prefix assignment determined by years of relevant work experience.

Additional Information:

This position will be appointed initially for 12 months. There is a possibility that the position will be extended for a total of two years or the position may convert to a renewable position if additional funding is secured.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

Work experience should demonstrate dependability, flexibility, and maturity. Candidates must be effective at building interpersonal relationships with constructive interactions, be clear and effective communicators, promote and create collegial environments that value accountability. Employees will also be expected to uphold UWCCC core values as defined below:
- Respect: Demonstrate respect for self and others -- behave professionally
- Integrity: Act with integrity and honesty.
- Teamwork: Commit to and demonstrate teamwork.
- Excellence: Ensure excellence, quality, and high ethical standards in conduct and performance.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 12 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $36,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply for this position, please click on the "" 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.


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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

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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Applications Open: Oct 7 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Oct 21 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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