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Research Specialist/Project Manager - Medical Engineering

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The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

Job Purpose

The Research Specialist – Project Manager will assist with managing the day-to-day operation of the laboratory, and progress on funded projects. Responsibilities include scientific support through experiments and sample preparations, management of project deliverables, milestones, progress reports, and management of biosafety, animal, and human research protocols. The research specialist will also assist with ordering supplies, reconciling budgets, scheduling meetings, and supporting grant applications.  Organizational skills are key.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage and perform the daily tasks carried out within the laboratory, including but not limited to:
    • Manage progress toward project goals
    • Establish timelines for progress reports
    • Perform experiments in collaboration with graduate students, postdocs, and scientists
    • Manage biosafety, animal, and human research protocols
    • Order supplies
    • Maintain lab inventory
    • Develop financial reports and budgets
    • Support grant applications
    • Schedule meetings
  • Coordinate major project and troubleshoot issues to facilitate completion of projects
  • Maintain lab policies and procedures
  • Enforce and train staff on safety guidelines, facility use guidelines, lab policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, and other relevant regulatory requirements
  • Oversee maintenance of laboratory and equipment, order equipment, and supervise new equipment setup
  • Implement and oversee allocation of purchases to projects
  • Train and mentor others in the lab
  • Coordinate with building/property management officials for building maintenance issues related to operation of the laboratory

Other miscellaneous duties as required



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary functions.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in engineering. Graduate training in engineering or biomedical sciences is encouraged.
  • Experience managing day-to-day laboratory operations, including project management, deliverables, ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, overseeing lab safety/bio-safety, record-keeping, supervising research staff, and performing research

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Knowledge and application of scientific procedures and research techniques
  • Experience with experiment design
  • Project management experience
  • Understanding of fundamental principles, theories and concepts in biomedical engineering
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead, develop, and mentor staff
  • Professional communication and interaction with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrate respect and dignity in decisions, communications, and actions
  • Organizational skills

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Work is normally performed in a manufacturing and laboratory environment.
  • Some strenuous physical effort is required.


The Morgridge Institute for Research is an equal opportunity employer.


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