The Prion Lab at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI seeks a Research Assistant to perform laboratory experiments related to chronic wasting disease prion detection.
A Research Assistant with a background in basic research laboratory skills and techniques is needed to assist in isolating infectious prions associated with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from environmental and biological samples for analysis by real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) assays. The successful candidate will perform protein expression and purification methods, prion extraction methods on samples such as soil and feces, and run the RT-QuIC assays. The candidate will also work closely with Center scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and technicians to analyze data to better understand the epidemiology of CWD in free-ranging cervids. The candidate may work with collaborators from university, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations.
- Protein extraction and purification from various samples.
- Perform and run plated laboratory assays.
- Preparation of laboratory reagents and solutions.
- Maintaining inventory and stocking supplies.
- General laboratory maintenance such as dishwashing and autoclaving labware.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in biology, laboratory or animal science, microbiology, wildlife ecology or a closely related field is required for this position; however, consideration will be given to outstanding applicants that are currently pursuing and are nearing completion of their Bachelor’s degree. Bachelor's must be obtained within 6 months of hire.
- Experience in a laboratory setting, diagnostic laboratory preferred
- 1-2 years work-related experience in the biological sciences
- Knowledge and interest in wildlife diseases
- Demonstrable experience working independently or as part of a team
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- A background in basic laboratory skills such as pipetting, reagent preparation, volume calculations, etc.
- Ability to follow directions for the successful completion of tasks.
- Attention to detail is a requisite.
- Must be reliable and have a positive and professional attitude.
- Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and stand and move around for long periods of time, with or without reasonable accommodation
- Strong organizational skills and ability to problem-solve.
- Effective time management skills and ability to multi-task.
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
- Good communication skills are required.
- Ability to Learn
- Attention to Detail
- Quality Orientation
- Safety Awareness
Complete the online application through the University of Wyoming link above. Upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V. and contact information for four work-related references.