Morgridge Careers

  • Assistant Research Specialist

    Location US-WI-Madison
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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

    The Morgridge Institute for Research seeks an assistant research specialist to support research projects and day-to-day operations of the Skala Lab within the Medical Engineering research focus area. The Skala lab collaborates with UW-Madison Biomedical Engineering to develop new methods to understand and combat cancer using photonics-based technologies, and is particularly interested in developing personalized cancer treatment strategies, and in developing more effective cancer therapies. The Assistant Research Specialist will be responsible for assisting with cell culture and animal handling, helping with imaging experiments and image analysis, as well as ensuring biosafety, animal, and human research regulations and guidelines are maintained. This position will also assist with supporting grant applications.



    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist in maintaining the cell culture lab
    • Perform imaging experiments and quantitative image analysis
    • Assist with animal procedures
    • Maintain lab equipment and organize lab inventory
    • Keep up to date with safety training and protocol
    • Perform additional responsibilities as directed by the principal investigator
    • Partner with team members and external collaborators
    • Clearly communicate research progress results to project stakeholders


    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 duties.


    Education and Experience:

    • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, biology or related discipline.
    • Exposure to laboratory research, microscopy, image analysis, and training in mammalian cell culture is preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

    • Experience in cell culture
    • Strong background in biology and engineering
    • Ability to perform reproducible quantitative imaging experiments
    • Working knowledge of quantitative analysis
    • Must have the ability to work both independently and part of a dynamic research team
    • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential
    • Must have strong organization skills and attention to detail


    Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

    • Standing for long periods of time is required
    • Work is normally performed in a wet laboratory environment
    • No or very limited physical effort is required
    • No or very limited exposure to physical risk
    • Occasional evening and weekend work


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