Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 232266-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Nacewicz Laboratory for Neuroscience of Social Engagement combines in-vivo and ex-vivo neurochemical measures with human and non-human primate models of psychiatric conditions. Our principal aim is to understand the mechanisms of fear and emotional overload that disrupts our ability to connect with others and engage in reciprocal social behavior. This transdiagnostic state of being overwhelmed to the point of not being able to have a productive social interaction is common to everything from arguments with romantic partners, to facing phobias, to psychiatric disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Our primary aim is to unite animal models with psychiatric disease through biomarkers assessed with non-invasive NMR spectroscopy.

The ideal candidate will serve as a major organizing force for the laboratory, ushering human research protocols through approvals and renewals, tracking recruitment and data collection with Dr Nacewicz, running hands-on experiments and supervising student projects, and helping to put together figures and wording for manuscripts, grants, etc. No previous immunostaining or wet-lab experience is required. We have many collaborative efforts across multiple buildings on campus and beyond, so strong written and spoken communication skills are essential.

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 Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, or a related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-At least 1 year of (post degree) research in a relevant field is required.
-Experience working in an academic environment is preferred.
-Experience working with institutional review board, constructing text and figures for manuscripts, protocols, and client emails preferred.

Title prefix and salary will be dependent on relevant years of experience.

Additional Information:

Criminal and a Caregiver Background Check is required.

This position is primarily housed in the Neurochemistry Laboratory at Research Park (Off Campus) but travel to offsite locations will be required to perform study-related procedures. Locations include Health Emotions Research Institute at UW Research Park, Waisman Center at the Hospital Campus, Biotechnology Center, and other locations on campus.

Knowledge/Skills Required:
-Applicants must be highly proficient in using macintosh or linux computers.
-Demonstrated proficiency with computer applications, such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.
-Detail oriented with strong organizational and management skills are critical.
-Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically in written and verbal forms with participants, faculty, researchers and staff at all levels.
-Ability to learn and be trained on immunostaining or wet-lab.

Knowledge/Skills Preferred:
-Knowledge of University administrative policies and procedures as well as federal human subjects protection regulations desirable.
-Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, ImageJ or equivalent for constructing scientific figures to represent data.
-Immunostaining or wet-lab experience is desirable.

This position will end one year from start date. Depending on funding there is the possibility of extending the appointment for an additional year and/or changing to a fixed term renewable position.

A period of evaluation will be required.



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


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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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

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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: Mar 24 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Apr 7 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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