Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 230299-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Management/Supervisory, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

A position is available in the WNPRC Virology Services Unit under the direction of Dr. Thomas Friedrich. Virology Services provides comprehensive research support to investigators working with WNPRC to study viral diseases of global health concern, including HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, influenza, Zika congenital syndrome, and other emerging and re-emerging diseases. Virology Services personnel work with client investigators in UW-Madison and other institutions nation- and worldwide to design, conduct, and interpret studies of viral pathogenesis, immunity, and evolution. Research support provided by Virology Services includes designing, optimizing, validating, and using molecular diagnostic assays to detect and quantify viruses in biological specimens; producing and characterizing virus stocks for use in challenge studies; and developing novel approaches to study viruses in collaboration with client investigators.
The Research Program Manager will be responsible for the supervision of all day-to-day operations of the Virology Services Unit including hiring, training, and management of research support staff and students; managing and sharing data generated by the Unit; and performing hands-on laboratory work, particularly focusing on designing and optimizing novel assays. The Research Program Manager will also serve as the primary point of contact for new and established clients seeking research support from the Unit. The Research Program Manager will assist the Unit Head with long-term planning for both research and service needs. This includes consideration of research trends in the fields the Unit supports and identification of opportunities to develop new services or refine existing ones. The Research Program Manager will also assist the Unit Head in preparing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals. This position requires a significant degree of organization, outstanding communication, and ability to sustain collaborative interactions. The successful candidate must be able to identify and resolve issues as part of a team as well as independently.

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 (Master's preferred) in biological sciences, from an accredited university in Virology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, or related field with relevant experience.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Well-qualified applicants will have at least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience including leadership/organizational roles in a molecular virology laboratory. Work with samples/tissues from nonhuman primates (NHP) highly desirable. Must have demonstrated experience in molecular virology laboratory techniques, including work with culturing viruses, working with RNA, quantitative RT-PCR and associated QA/QC practices, quantification of viruses in biological fluids and tissues. Previous experience training, supervising, and managing research support staff and students is necessary. Applicant should be able to build productive working relationships cross-functionally with staff and investigators outside of the unit and the Primate Center. Experience presenting research in regional/national conference settings highly desirable. Experience in writing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals highly desirable. Must be proficient with online collaboration tools such as Google Drive/Google Docs; data analysis and graphing software such as Microsoft Excel, GraphPad Prism, and/or R; and have experience with database management tools. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

License or Certificate:

Certificate/certification in laboratory management or completion of coursework in laboratory management desirable.
Certification in biosafety level (BSL3) practices highly desirable.

Additional Information:

*A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
*A one-year period of evaluation will be required.
*Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of the appointment.

The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is one of seven federally supported National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. WNPRC's mission is to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human health and quality of life through research. To accomplish this, the WNPRC helps discover treatments, preventions and cures for human disease; generates new knowledge of primate biology, from the molecular and whole animal levels to the understanding of primate ecosystems; facilitates research progress by providing expertise, resources and training to scientists worldwide; and collects primate information and disseminates to the research community and to the public. Based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the WNPRC is committed to diversity both as an end in itself, but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities through research. To support this commitment, we encourage applications from candidates who hold these same values of diversity and inclusion.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $45,643 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click the "" button. Please submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your experience as it relates to this position. Please reference PVL 230299 in your application materials. You will also be asked to provide three professional references during the application process.


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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Feb 12 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Feb 26 2021 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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