Research Technician, Aquaculture

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Full Time
Madison, WI 53706+1 location
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description
Primary Work Address: Genetics Department, Madison, WI, 53706
The lab of Dr. Phillip Newmark at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research is looking for a collaborative and self-driven Research Technician to handle several recirculation aquaculture systems for maintaining the lab’s planarian colonies. The Newmark Lab seeks to understand how some animals can regenerate missing tissues. Their work focuses on planarians, a fresh-water flatworm that can regenerate an entire body from tissue fragments – a process which relies on stem cells. The team investigates how stem cells are regulated to produce missing tissues and organs in the context of building a whole organism. More information on the Newmark lab can be found on their website or Twitter: @planapalooza. Principal Responsibilities
  • Operate and maintain recirculating aquaculture systems.
  • Perform and record daily animal health and welfare observations.
  • Feed planarian colonies every week.
  • Perform and record all water quality testing.
  • Perform glassware cleaning.
  • Support and maintain stock solutions and aliquoting needs of the lab.
  • Monitor supply needs and manage inventory, maintain arriving packages and contents, and order needed items in a timely manner.
  • Will manage adherence to institutional biosafety and animal care and use standards, and keep compliance records/logs up-to-date.
  • Conduct literature reviews to be used in determining most suitable research methods.
  • Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies, including assembly, organization, and interpretation of data.
  • Proven capability to multitask and a desire to learn more about the scientific community.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to work independently.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative spirit and a willingness to dive in where help is needed within the lab.
  • Prior experience with aquaculture experience a plus, but not required.
Physical Requirements Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet). Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis. Compensation and Benefits Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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