Job no: 232245-AS
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Pellett lab, within the Department of Bacteriology at UW-Madison, is offering an exciting opportunity for a Research Specialist to gain experience in our unique Select Agent approved laboratory. The lab works with Clostridium botulinum and its neurotoxins. The successful candidate will have an important role in the lab, performing independent research and documenting and analyzing data with moderate supervision, as well as supporting the on-going work of other lab staff and the entire research team by performing experiments and conducting general lab upkeep. Research in the Pellett lab revolves around investigating pathogenic as well as pharmacological properties of botulinum neurotoxins and homologs, structure function studies, vaccine development, genetic manipulations of Clostridium botulinum, and gene expression studies in Clostridium botulinum.

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Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or closely related field required. Coursework in molecular biology required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Successful candidates must have competency with general laboratory methods and experience with molecular biology and bacteriological methods. Tissue culture experience and ability to work with mice is desired. At least one year or more of research experience and willingness to learn new techniques required.

Additional Information:

-- Must be able to pass screening to work with Tier 1 Select Agents. BSL2 and Select Agent Suitability will be acquired upon hire.
-- Must be willing and able to work with pathogens and toxins, including under BSL2 and BSL3 conditions
-- Must have excellent time management, record keeping and communication skills, computer literacy and Microsoft Office proficiency.
-- Must possess the ability and desire to work independently and as part of a team.

Title prefix will be determined by work experience.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $38,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Apr 8 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: May 23 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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