Job Summary: The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of only 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical bio-manufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future. The Gamm Lab studies inherited and acquired eye diseases that culminate in the degeneration of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a significant cause of visual morbidity. One of the main goals of the lab is to develop and test cell replacement therapies for currently untreatable blinding retinal disorders. The Research Specialist will evaluate transplanted human pluripotent stem cell-derived photoreceptors +/- RPE in animal models of retinal disease, using functional testing and histological methods, with the goal of completing the critical studies that are required for initiation of clinical trials. Principal duties will include rat imaging and testing, histology (cryosectioning), immunolabeling, imaging, cell counting using stereology methods, and data entry and analysis. Responsibilities: Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision. 80% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results 5% Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders 5% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences 5% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials 5% Performs literature reviews and writes reports Institutional Statement on Diversity: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion Education: Required Bachelor's Degree A degree in Biology or a related field is preferred. Qualifications: Well-qualified applicants will have the following preferred experience: - Minimum of one year of experience in biological sciences research. Undergraduate research considered. - Experience working with rodent handling/testing and/or histology. Undergraduate research considered. COVID-19 Considerations: UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086 . Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu for the most up-to-date information. Work Type: Full Time: 100% It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Appointment Type, Duration: Ongoing/Renewable Salary: Minimum $39,400 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications Additional Information: A Criminal Background Check will be performed. Occasional weekend work may be required. Must complete HIPAA training and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification. Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting. How to Apply: Please click on the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. Contact: Kailee Gawlik email@example.com 608-262-9613 Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. ) Official Title: Research Specialist(RE047) Department(s): A348700-VCRGE/WAISMAN/WAISMAN Employment Class: Academic Staff-Renewable Job Number: 257693-AS The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/ Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. 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