Research Technician - Ahlquist Lab

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The Ahlquist laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a highly motivated research technician to study the molecular mechanisms of genome replication and host interactions in positive-strand RNA viruses. Projects include multiple aspects of the structure, assembly and function of viral RNA replication complexes, which are fascinating molecular machines and major targets for virus control. These studies integrate molecular genetics, biochemistry, and cutting-edge cryo-electron microscopy, and provide excellent opportunities to expand skills.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a well-equipped, interactive research environment on the campus of the UW-Madison. We offer an extraordinary work environment built around a multi-disciplinary fusion of ideas, state-of-the-art facilities, and commitment to mentorship. UW-Madison consistently ranks among the top U.S. universities for research and development and the City of Madison among the 'best places to live in the US' with a diversity of outdoor and cultural opportunities.

Required Skills and Responsibilities

  • Perform biochemical, molecular biology, cell biology and other experiments.
  • Configure and operate laboratory apparatus and instruments.
  • Collect, record and verify accuracy of data; perform calculations and prepare graphs and reports. Use varied software applications to process and analyze data.
  • Maintain detailed, well-organized experimental records.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and planning sessions.
  • Search out, read, discuss and apply relevant scientific literature.
  • Assist other scientists as required.

Education and Other Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry or other relevant field required.
    • Masters degree and one or more years of research laboratory experience preferred.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and to draft routine reports.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.
  • Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction.
  • Able to use and extend experience to learn diverse new techniques.
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to work with a diverse research team.

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