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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Job no: 242901-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Research Engineer will provide technical expertise, for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Franck Lab for experimental soft matter and cell mechanics. They will solve problems in research, development, and applications with a high degree of initiative and self-motivation by applying discipline-related skills normally gained from the completion of an advanced degree and at least one year of experience designing, fabricating, calibrating, and validating mechanical devices. The Research Engineer will be the first point of contact when cross-PI, cross-departmental and cross-institutional projects arise. They will support collaborating researchers with their knowledge of advanced experimental techniques and foster mutually beneficial relationships. This role will also require a high degree of leadership, and management skill. The Research Engineer will possess great knowledge related to all pieces of experimental and computational equipment in the lab and ensure that they are being utilized to their greatest potential. They will assist in new project planning, provide expertise on experimental methods, and training of new lab members.

About the Job:

Instrumentation Engineer II (RE071)

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Master's Degree
Relevant disciplines include: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or equivalent.


Required Qualifications:
- Experience performing cortical tissue isolations on rats
- In-vitro cell culture experience
- Mechanical design and 3D CAD experience
- Hands on component fabrication/manufacturing experience
- Mechanical systems integration and validation experience
- 1 year of relevant experience working in a research lab

Preferred Qualifications:
- Traumatic brain injury research experience
- Experience working in a biological research laboratory
- Image processing using Matlab
- SLA 3D printing experience
- Strong engineering/analytical/problem solving skills in a team environment
- Knowledge of volumetric particle tracking techniques (DIC, DVC, TPT, etc.)
- Experience with multi-photon and confocal microscopy at the level of a primary user
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to present information to cross functional audiences and management.
- 2-3 years of relevant experience working in a research lab

Required Attributes:
- Highly motivated
- Able to work independently
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in a team-oriented environment
- Excellent written and oral communication and public presentation skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to maintain a schedule of tasks and meet deadlines with limited supervision
- Evidence of strong organizational, analytical and professional writing skills
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and assignments



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process. To apply, please upload a cover letter that summarizes your interest in the position along with your resume highlighting relevant work experience and interests.


Barbara Wipperfurth
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Instrumentation Engineer II(RE071)

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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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: Oct 15 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Oct 29 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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