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08 Postdoctoral Positions at University of Wisconsin-Madison

1. Research Associate (Postdoc)

Cancer Biology

Dermatology Alexander Birbrair



Position Requirements: Experience with transgenic mouse models, cancer mouse models and immunological techniques such as flow cytometry. PhD in Cell Biology or closely related field.

Position Duties: The candidate would be expected to work with the principle investigator using transgenic rodent models to evaluate tumor development as well as cellulas and molecular mechanisms involved in this development . This work would require experience with transgenic mice models using Cre/loxp systems, cancer mouse models and immunological techniques such as flow cytometry. The candidate would be expected to participate in the planning, execution and analysis of experiments. Involvement in these activities is expected to lead to scholarly work that will be published in scientific journals. The candidate would be expected to participate in the preparation of grants and manuscripts, and would be expected to present results at research meetings.

Application Instructions: Please email cover letter and CV to abirbrair@dermatology.wisc.edu

Website: https://dermatology.wisc.edu/staff/birbrair-alexander/

Salary: To be determined based on qualifications

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Contact Name: Alexander Birbrair

Contact Email: abirbrair@dermatology.wisc.edu

Contact Phone: (608) 698-0034

2. Research Associate (Postdoc)

Epilepsy, Neurology, Traumatic Brain Injury SMPH - Neurology

Dr. Rama Maganti



Position Requirements: PhD with relevant research background is required. The Maganti lab's work is focused on sleep and circadian rhythm in mouse models of epilepsy including induced and genetic models as well as a model of Traumatic Brain injury. The ideal candidate is a creative, productive and self-motivated individual with the ability to think critically, learn quickly and function both independently and within a team. Strong basic laboratory skills and excellent communication skills (verbal and written) are essential. Experience with patch clamp electrophysiology, molecular studies, analysis of EEG and sleep data is preferable. Expertise in MATLAB will also be essential.

Position Duties: The Maganti Laboratory is located in the Medical Sciences Center at UW-Madison. Much of the current work is focused on sleep and circadian rhythms in mouse models of epilepsy. The lab works with Kainic acid model, Kv1.1 knock out mouse model and in a model of Traumatic Brain injury. We are also interested in understanding the mechanisms of seizure exacerbation due to sleep deprivation, using molecular and electrophysiological techniques. We have opportunities for a postdoctoral researcher who can work collaboratively on multi-PI projects. Responsibilities include oversight in managing/maintaining colonies of transgenic mice; Western Blotting; RT-qPCR; Animal surgery; performing chronic EEG recordings, patch clamp electrophysiology and data analysis using MATLAB or other programs. The candidate will also be expected to train and supervise junior lab members in the abovementioned techniques; and be able to learn new techniques when necessary. The candidate must have a track record in good writing and statistical analysis skills and be proficient with database searches. The most successful candidate will display critical thinking, take ownership of their project and be able to design their own experiments to meet the research goals of the lab and employer. Candidates will also be expected to participate in administrative duties such as assisting with fulfilling regulatory requirements and will be encouraged to take a lead in grant and manuscript writing.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email a cover letter describing your experience and a current CV to Dr. Maganti at maganti@neurology.wisc.edu by February 1, 2023.


Salary: NIH Stipend Based on Experience

Percent Time: 100

Contact Name: Rama Maganti

Contact Email: maganti@neurology.wisc.edu

3. Research Associate (Postdoc)

hematology and oncology Oncology

Jing Zhang



Position Requirements: Candidates should have obtained their Ph.D and/or MD degree no more than 1 year. English proficiency in writing and oral communication is required. A strong foundation in cellular and molecular biology, which should be demonstrated by publishing at least one peer-reviewed research article in an internationally recognized journal as the first author. Experience working with animals and flow cytometry is preferred.

Position Duties: Current projects focus on generating and characterizing genetically engineered mouse models for various hematopoietic malignancies, multi-Omics studies, cancer immunology, developing and testing novel targeted therapies and immunotherapies in pre-clinical models.

Application Instructions: For full consideration, please submit your CV and a list of three references electronically to Dr. Jing Zhang at zhang@oncology.wisc.edu.

Website: https://wibloodcancer.wisc.edu/our-researchers/jing-zhang/

Salary: $55,224

Percent Time: 100

Contact Name: Jing Zhang

Contact Email: zhang@oncology.wisc.edu

Contact Phone: (608) 263-1147

4. Research Associate (Postdoc)

Synthetic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry

Weiping Tang



Position Requirements: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or related field.

Position Duties: The candidate is expected to possess the necessary knowledge and skills in organic synthesis. The individual will be involved in the design and synthesis of novel bioactive compounds. The individual will work in an interdisciplinary drug discovery research program by collaborating with biologists in the group.

Application Instructions: Please send your CV and research summary to Prof. Weiping Tang at weiping.tang@wisc.edu.


Salary: Dependent on Experience

Percent Time: 100

Contact Name: Weiping Tang

Contact Email: weiping.tang@wisc.edu

5. Research Associate (Postdoc)

Immunology Pediatrics

Dr. Claire O'Leary



Position Requirements: The O’Leary lab in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking a postdoctoral researcher. Our lab’s focus is the interface of epithelial cells, immune cells, and the outside environment in the gastrointestinal tract. We are studying the paradox that highly inflammatory and damaging molecules constantly pass through the GI tract, but do not normally cause inflammation or injury. To study this, we manipulate the microbiome, diet and epithelial cell function in mouse models. We are particularly focused on the role of rare, secretory epithelial cells called tuft cells, in regulating the response to luminal contents in the GI tract.

This postdoctoral position is immediately available for an enthusiastic individual with a background in microbiome, immunology, or molecular biology who is excited to be part of a newly established lab studying tuft cells, bile acids, and the microbiome. The selected candidate is expected to assist in designing their projects, and will work directly with Dr. O’Leary to identify new roles for tuft cells in regulating ion flux across epithelial tissues. The candidate will play an integral role in the lab in mentoring undergraduates and graduate students, and setting a collaborative, supportive lab environment. Dr. O’Leary is committed to supporting the candidate’s future career goals through professional development and networking opportunities during the postdoctoral period.

Skills and Competencies Required:

- Experience with standard techniques in molecular biology (e.g., PCR, cloning, bacterial culture)

- Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and organized

- Strong written and verbal communication skills

- Strong time management skills

- Strong problem-solving skills

- Ability and willingness to work independently, collaboratively, and in a team environment

- Willingness to learn and to receive feedback

Required qualifications:

- Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of appointment or soon thereafter from a program in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, or microbial sciences

Preferred qualifications:

- Research experience in one or more of the following: flow cytometry, mouse models/mouse husbandry, single cell/metabolomics/16S data analysis, bacterial culture

- Track record of leading project(s) to peer-reviewed publication during Ph.D. training

- Demonstrated ability to successfully work as part of a collaborative research effort

Position Duties: o Research (70%) – design and execution of experiments, data analysis

o Reporting (15%) – manuscript preparation, assist in the grant proposal preparation

o Collaboration (10%) – assist other lab members and research collaborators

o Laboratory protocol (5%) – routine/rotating lab maintenance tasks

Application Instructions: Interested/qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by sending the following documents to Dr. Claire O’Leary at coleary@wisc.edu:

- Cover letter outlining research achievements, interests, and goals

- Curriculum vitae

- Names and contact information of three references

Applications will be reviewed beginning in January 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. A start date in July 2023 is anticipated.

Website: https://www.pediatrics.wisc.edu/research/research-groups/oleary-research-group/

6. Research Associate (Postdoc)

network science, statistical model building, dynamical models, deep learning Biostatistics and Medical Informatics

Moo K. Chung



Position Requirements: Postdoctoral positions are available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The candidates will work with professor Moo K. Chung (www.stat.wisc.edu/~mchung) on developing new innovative statistical and machine learning methods for understanding brain function and structure using methods in one of areas: Bayesian methods, functional data analysis, spatial statistics, topological data analysis, dynamical models (time series data), network science and deep learning. The brain image and network data obtained from MRI/fMRI/dMRI will be used for the project.

Candidates should have received or expected to receive PhD degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics, CS, EE, statistics, biomedical engineering, psychology, neuroscience or related areas. Previous imaging research experience is a plus but not necessary but programming skill beyond scripting is a must. Position should be filled immediately.

Position Duties: Research, programming and publication

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should email CV (with the name of references) and representative papers to professor Moo K. Chung (mkchung@wisc.edu). If you do not include representative papers, your application will not be considered.

Website: https://www.stat.wisc.edu/~mchung

Salary: NIH level

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Contact Name: Moo Chung

Contact Email: mkchung@wisc.edu

Contact Phone: (608) 217-2452

7. Postdoctoral Trainee (Postdoc)

Allergy and Immunology Various Department opportunities Various Trainers in areas related to Allergy and Immunology



Position Requirements: PhD candidates must complete training in a related discipline (e.g. immunology, molecular biology, microbiology) that provides a foundation for additional training in allergy and clinical immunology. The positions are supported by an NIH T32 training grant, and all applicants must be US citizens/ Permanent Residents.

Position Duties: The University of Wisconsin Allergy Research Training Program (WiscART) offers outstanding research career training opportunities in allergy and immunology. The program has 21 faculty trainers with experience in clinical, translational and basic science research related to allergy and immunology from 11 different departments at UW-Madison, a tier-one research institution.

We offer postdoctoral training positions in research focus areas including (but not limited to):

• mechanisms of allergic diseases and asthma,

• prevention and precision treatment of asthma, and

• pathogenesis and treatment of food allergy.

• Immune Interactions of host-microbiome-pathogens

Training involves 1-3 years of NRSA stipend support, funding for unique professional development activities, mentoring in grant writing and review, seminar presentations, and development of leadership and mentoring skills. The NIH also offers reimbursement for qualified child care expenses. The Unveristy also provides resources to its post-doctoral community including early career skills and leadership training. Trainees may also receive tuition support for formal coursework.

Application Instructions: Applicants: should send a cover letter stating research interests and career goals, a CV and three letters of reference to: Jae Werndli at jewerndli@medicine.wisc.edu. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

Website: https://www.medicine.wisc.edu/apcc/wisconsin-allergy-research-training-wiscart-program-t32

Salary: Determined by NIH NRSA Stipend Levels

Percent Time: 100

Start Date: 07/01/2023

Contact Name: Jae Werndli

Contact Email: jewerndli@medicine.wisc.edu

8. Research Associate (Postdoc)

Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry Pharmaceutical Sciences Jennifer E. Golden



Position Requirements: • PhD in Organic or Medicinal Chemistry.

• Strong synthetic organic chemistry background required.

• Keen interest in understanding the application of medicinal chemistry principles.

• Research experience in the field with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and methods of analysis.

• Ability to observe appropriate safety requirements.

• Competency in Microsoft Office Suites Products and other relevant software (e.e. Chemdraw).

• Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

Position Duties: In this appointment, the postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for providing synthetic chemistry support for small molecule drug discovery and medicinal chemistry optimization. The researcher will participate in planning, designing and conducting highly technical synthetic chemical operations under the supervision of a Principal Investigator and will analyze research data, provide interpretations, contribute to the development of research documentation for publications and provide technical reports, papers and records. Essential duties include:

• Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies.

• Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor.

• Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and technology related to the area of specialization.

• Synthesizes, purifies, and characterizes compounds.

• Develops Structure-Activity Relationships.

• Designs analogues for synthesis.

• Contributes to progress reports, grant applications and publications derived from project data.

• Operates and maintains scientific equipment.

• Maintains external awareness of scientific discipline through familiarity with current scientific literature.

• Observes appropriate safety requirements.

Application Instructions: Send a current curriculum vitae, research summary, and contact information for three references to: jennifer.golden@wisc.edu. Please provide a date of availability in your cover letter/email.

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