Job no: 234675-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

This position involves day-to-day leadership of a team of scientists sequencing SARS-CoV-2 from individuals with immune failure, such as those who get infected despite being vaccinated, those who are persistently infected, and those who are reinfected despite pre-existing immunity. Such targeted sequencing will be complemented by surveillance sequencing in collaboration with public health, as well as the development of novel technologies for generating and analyzing viral sequencing data. Therefore, the successful candidate will have outstanding previous experience working on viral genomics projects and effectively supervising other researchers.

The successful candidate will develop, plan, and execute large experiments. Day-to-day responsibilities will include working with academic, industrial, and public health partners; generating and interpreting SARS-CoV-2 sequencing data; developing novel technologies for interpreting and analyzing SARS-CoV-2 genomes; creating high quality written and oral presentations of results (including publications in peer-reviewed journals); and supervising and mentoring others in the lab working on SARS-CoV-2.

The successful applicant will also be expected to assist in supervision and execution of other ongoing projects in Dr. O'Connor's and Dr. Friedrichs' laboratories as needed, as well as in participating as senior mentors to others working at the AIDS Vaccine Research Laboratory.

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.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

A PhD in virology, evolutionary biology, computational biology, or other related fields strongly preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Experience:
- 2 years experience with genomic sequencing of viruses.
- Excellent communication and computer skills.

Preferred Experience:
- Experience with genomic sequencing of viruses.
- Experience working on viral genomics projects and supervising other researchers.

Prefix assignment determined by years of relevant work experience.

License or Certificate:

BSL-3 training and biosafety training are required and can be completed upon hire.

Additional Information:

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 Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $44,229 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Michelle Hamilton
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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Applications Open: May 27 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 21 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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