Assistant Research Specialist - Virology

Morgridge Institute for Research

  • Other
  • Lab Technician
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

The Opportunity:

The Morgridge Institute for Research Virology team, led by Dr. Paul Ahlquist in collaboration with the HHMI and University of Wisconsin-Madison, is recruiting an energetic, motivated assistant research specialist to participate in studying the molecular mechanisms of genome replication and host interactions in positive-strand RNA viruses. The studies integrate cutting-edge biochemical, molecular genetic and cell biology approaches and provide excellent opportunities to expand skills.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a well-equipped, interactive research environment at the Morgridge Institute located on the campus of the UW-Madison. The Morgridge Institute offers an extraordinary work environment built around a multi-disciplinary fusion of ideas, state-of-the-art facilities, and mentorship by groundbreaking science leaders. UW-Madison ranks sixth among all U.S. universities for research and development expenditures, exceeding $1.19 billion annually. Madison also ranks among the 'best places to live in the US' and residents thrive on its diversity of outdoor and cultural opportunities. For more information, please see: and’

The Assistant Research Specialist will be responsible for working with the Virology team performing various studies within the Morgridge Institute for Research. Primary responsibilities include:

• Providing technical support to an Assistant or Associate Scientist or Postdoc working on virus replication and virus-host interactions, including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and regular communication and reporting on project status

• Preparing and presenting research results to support and participate in preparation of publications and grant writing

• Working with team members and outside collaborators to ensure effective data generation, analysis and transfer

• Participating in routine laboratory maintenance

• Providing assistance with other projects, as necessary, to support the overall mission and goals of the Morgridge Institute

• Attending lab meetings, and other meetings as required

Candidate Requirements:

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related field and at least one year of direct research experience. Experience in molecular and/or cellular biology is required and experience in sterile cell culture techniques is desired. The ideal candidate will have the ability to learn quickly, to function both independently and within a multicultural team, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.


Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity are required to submit their CV/resume and a cover letter detailing their current/previous experience and names/address of three references as one document at:

The Morgridge Institute for Research promotes and supports a diverse and inclusive environment.

Education Requirement:
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or a related field
Years of Experience:
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