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Discovery Outreach Bioinformatics Intern

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The Organization

This position will be located in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, the public-private initiative that facilitates interdisciplinary research and breakthrough discoveries to advance human health and well-being. This position will partner with WARF and the Morgridge Institute for Research, the new not-for-profit interdisciplinary biomedical research organization that is the private side of the twin Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The state-of-the-art facility housing the institutes, which opened in December 2010, serves as a hub for researchers to collaborate across scientific disciplines and for broader public interactions.  In addition to 106,000 square feet of research space on four floors, the facility includes extensive public spaces in its Town Center to welcome all with food, interactive displays, ongoing activities, hands-on learning labs, events and meeting spaces.  For additional information, please visit:, and


The Opportunity

The Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery’s motto is to “Explore. Engage. Discover.” Programs in the Town Center provide a platform for hands-on activities that link scientific research and the general public, offering a window on the real-time process of discovery. The teaching labs provide another opportunity for users to have hand-on experiences as part of their visit to Discovery. The Outreach Intern will support the Morgridge and WARF Outreach team in managing activities in the teaching labs and Town Center. This position will have the opportunity to help develop science outreach materials in a state-of-the-art facility. The intern also will have the chance to learn how to communicate effectively with different audiences.


Internship Details:

We are hiring a student intern to assist Professor Anthony Gitter with development of informal science content on bioinformatics that will be presented at various outreach events. Internships offer flexible schedules, an opportunity to gain great work experience and the ability to network and collaborate with Morgridge and WARF staff.


Ideal candidates will be working towards a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a scientific, engineering, education, or art related field and should be familiar with the University of Wisconsin and affiliate organizations. Other requirements for the position include:

  • A self-starter with excellent organization skills to document project progress and workflow
  • General proficiency in computer programming (Python, C/C++, Arduino) and fabrication using rapid prototyping techniques (3D printing, CAD, etc.)
  • Preference for working with microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Python)
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics or protein signaling is a plus
  • Creativity and experience with teaching is a plus


We are seeking an individual capable of working ~10 hours/week during regular business hours in the academic year.


To Apply: Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit one document that includes the cover letter listing weekly availability and resume via the online career portal.


The Morgridge Institute for Research promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse environment.


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