Assistant Research Specialist – Skala Lab

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 biomedical imaging. 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. 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 with maintaining cell culture
    • Perform imaging experiments and 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
    • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned/required


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.

In order to insure the safety of our workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

Education and Experience:

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience in cell culture
  • Experience in or ability to learn animal handling
  • 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

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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