Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 10, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 227987-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

A Research Specialist position is available in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) in the laboratory of Ned H. Kalin, MD. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Kalin, scientists, researchers, and others to coordinate and execute studies involving nonhuman primates at the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology and the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. A major aim of the Kalin laboratory is to understand the early life factors that contribute to the risk to develop stress-related psychiatric disorders, with a particular focus on the preadolescent period. An understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to the risk to develop these illnesses will pave the way for the development of neuroscientifically-informed new treatments. The laboratory's ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of new treatments for children such that these interventions will alter the life-long course of suffering associated with anxiety and depression.

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 Required, preferably in biological sciences, psychology, or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-Experience in the handling and manipulation of nonhuman primates, specifically rhesus macaques, in a research setting with training in behavioral observation is highly desired.
-Experience with neuroimaging, including Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) preferred.

Prefix assignment will be determined by years of relevant professional work experience and qualifications. A minimum of 7 years' experience is required for appointment at the senior level.

Additional Information:

To see the principal duties of this position, please click on the "List of Duties" link above.

-A Criminal Background Check is required.

Knowledge/Skills Required:
-Must be comfortable working with nonhuman primates and with wearing various required personal protective equipment (PPE).
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Ability to work independently to resolve issues, troubleshoot problems, and also work as an integral part of a team.
-Understanding of research principles and regulations.
-Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to details.
-Demonstrated time management skills and organizational skills.
-Comfortable working with both Mac and PC computers.
-Proficient in using Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Knowledge/Skills Preferred:
-Prior experience with statistical programs and electronic databases.
-Prior experience with behavioral scoring software programs, such as Noldus.
-Experience with literature review, data collection, and statistical analysis.
-Prior experience working in a Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory.
-Experience with neuroimaging, including Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
-Experience assisting during surgical procedures using sterile techniques.
-Experience with drug and anesthesia administration, and venous blood collection.

-A period of evaluation is required.

-Must be tuberculosis (TB) negative and provide written documentation to University Health Services (UHS).

-Must provide written documentation to University Health Services (UHS) showing one of the following: 1) receipt of measles vaccination; 2) laboratory evidence of immunity to measles; or 3) laboratory confirmation of measles disease. Individuals without the aforementioned documentation will need to have a measles titer within the first week of employment. Depending on the results of the blood test, applicant may need to be immunized.

-Allergies to animals must be controlled with medication.

-Must be able to consistently lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds, sometimes at shoulder height. Must be able to sit, stand, stoop, squat, reach, bend, twist and push, etc. to safely handle nonhuman primates and conduct research.

-Must be able to stand for long periods of time during behavioral and surgical procedures, including the ability to stand completely still for up to 30 minutes at a time.

-Must be comfortable working with nonhuman primates and with wearing various required personal protective equipment (PPE).

-Must possess a valid driver's license that meets the standards of UW Risk Management in order to operate UW Fleet vehicles.

-Must be able to work at several locations on and off campus including, the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology, the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center's central campus, Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR), and Blue Mounds locations, the Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (WisPIC), and the Waisman Center.

-Must be willing to, upon hire, complete required training and certification including the UW's Research Animal Resource and Compliance (RARC) Animal User Orientation, Surgery Fundamentals, and relevant species-specific courses; and the UW's Environment, Health and Safety Animal Research, Biological, Chemical, and Radiation Safety courses. Additional relevant training and certification may be required as needed.

-Early morning, evening, late night, weekend, and holiday work may be required.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

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.

This application will also require submission of three professional references, including your current or most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.


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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Nov 10 2020 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Nov 25 2020 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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