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Advanced Prototyping Project Engineer

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The Organization

The Morgridge Institute for Research is a private, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving human health through interdisciplinary biomedical research, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Morgridge Institute serves as a collaborative hub for investigators across UW-Madison to work together on fundamental biomedical questions, and engages more than 30,000 community members annually in scientific programming. The organization offers an extraordinary work environment built around a multi-disciplinary fusion of ideas, state-of-the-art facilities, and mentorship by groundbreaking science leaders. Research focus areas include regenerative biology and bioinformatics, virology, medical engineering, metabolism, core computational technology and bioethics. For additional information please visit:

The Opportunity

The Advanced Prototyping Project Engineer serves as part of the Huisken Lab and the Medical Engineering research team at Morgridge Institute for Research and will be responsible for designing, building, and testing mechanical microscope components. Besides supporting the lab’s general needs for high-precision mechanical components, the main task will be the design and the production of a novel modular microscope system. In order to do this, this position will oversee and execute projects from inception to completion with attention to detail to deliver high quality prototypes within tight tolerances. They will also support research including experimental design to offer novel solutions to existing and future challenges; foster positive working relationships with lab member by assessing needs, addressing questions and technical requests; and work closely with cross-functional groups including the FabLab.


Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, biomedical, or related engineering program. The ideal candidate should have experience in prototyping, design, instrument making, microscopy, and imaging or other areas of optics. Knowledge in machining with instrumentation including but not limited to mills, lathes, CNCs, laser cutters, 3D printers (SLA & Stratasys), and SolidWorks and CNC operations and design documentation is also desired. Strong ability to take initiative, handle multiple assignments at one time while working independently and effectively under deadlines, work within all levels of the organization, meet deadlines, and work under pressure is required. An ideal candidate will also have strong attention to detail, excellent written and oral communications skills, and organizational skills. There is some strenuous physical effort required in a manufacturing and laboratory environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made as appropriate.


To Apply:

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae as one document via the online career portal.  


The Morgridge Institute for Research promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse environment and offers competitive salary and benefits.


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