Job no: 235537-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Department: CALS/WCIC/WCIC
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Research, Scientific, Plant Sciences

Position Summary:

The Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center (WCIC) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, has an exciting career opportunity for an experienced plant biology focused molecular biologist who will engage in a wide variety of tasks associated handling a variety of transgenic crops emerging from the Production Pipeline and entering the Greenhouse. Primary responsibility is rapid (2-4day turn-around of PCR-based plant analysis to validate that clients are getting the contracted materials. Most clients require additional testing steps (eg. sampling/plant evaluation across time/promoter induction/specific crossing instructions) over time and into the future generations to advance progeny and recover homozygous seed set. The successful candidate will also be responsible for interacting with the existing molecular team to generate and improve protocols for molecular characterization of transgenic plants using multiplexed endpoint PCR analyses, qPCR and/or droplet digital PCR assays. This position is both to generate data/upload it into the LIMS program and to communicate it to the client in a timeline manner. The successful candidate will also be responsible for conducting literature reviews, training junior staff members, and assisting with the development of research methodologies and procedures. There may also be the opportunity to assist with proposals to secure research funding.

Previous experience in plant biology, robot assisted DNA extraction, PCR primer and probe design, PCR analysis, LIMS data entry experience is preferred. This is a new team being created within the WCIC, which is a ~100,000 square foot state-of-the-art agricultural biotechnology complex housing laboratories and greenhouses dedicated to the production and analysis of transgenic and gene edited plants. This facility is the largest publicly held plant transformation facility in the United States and is aimed at improving crop plants for humans, livestock, and the environment. People from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

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:

MS required, Phd preferred, in Molecular Biology or another related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-Prior experience working in a molecular lab setting or related experience is required.
-Knowledge of DNA/RNA extractions, PCR, ddPCR including qPCR (universal probe, 2 primer master mix and rt-PCR)
-Prior PCR, and nucleic acid experience is highly desired including optimization of primer and reaction design for qPCR quantification
-Prior experience working with clients (Internal and External)
-Prior experience in team leadership
-Prior experience with greenhouse plant propagation and plant breeding
-Ability to follow procedures and protocols

Additional Information:

Standard hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
A period of evaluation will be required.
A criminal background check will be required.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process please click on the `' button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV, a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position, and a list of three professional references.


Justin Cave
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Jun 3 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 17 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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