University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI


LocationMadison, Wisconsin, 53715
Employment TypeContractor
Date Posted2022-08-06
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-04-11

Job Description:


Minimum $17.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Michigan State University as its principal partner. The GLBRC has been a leader in biofuels research, developing sustainable biofuels and bioproducts that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable. The GLBRC leverages its success on an outstanding combination of expertise and resources available across its member institutions.

The GLBRC Metabolomics Lab is one of the Center's Core Facilities and provides high throughput analytical services to identify and quantify monosaccharides, metabolites, and inhibitors found in plant and microbial extracts. The successful candidate will work as part of the team to prepare standards and process samples from researchers; keep accurate records of all experiments, results, and other laboratory records; generate data and compile and summarize results, and communicate concerns, expectations, turnaround times, etc. to supervisor and researchers; and maintain and operate analytical instruments (technical skills training and in operations of instruments will be provided). The candidate is also expected to keep their knowledge and skills current and assist in optimizing and developing protocols to accommodate the evolving metabolomics needs of the Center.

Main Duties
- Perform established high-throughput assays following standard procedures
- Operate, calibrate, and maintain analytical instruments e.g., HPLC, GC-MS (training will be provided)
- Assist with method development to accommodate requests from researchers
- Keep accurate and detailed laboratory records, perform experiments, generate data, and compile and summarize results, and provide reports/updates and to the laboratory supervisor and researchers via the Center's Data Catalog and LIMS (Laboratory Information management Systems)
- Assist with all other general laboratory needs, including preparing stock solutions and instrument standards
- Assist in managing projects and communicate user expectations, turnaround times, concerns, updates, etc. relevant to projects submitted to the facility
- Occasional weekend availability may be needed based on demand

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.


Conducts research experiments with limited supervision. Provides technical support with some degree of independence for research projects and/or labs under moderate supervision.
  • 50% Performs lab and/or field test materials and samples according to established research requirements and specifications. Performs lab or field tests
  • 5% Inspects and maintains equipment, supplies, inventory, and facility spaces
  • 30% Collects data and monitors test results according to established research requirements and specifications
  • 10% Reviews data to summarize results for presentations or reporting
  • 5% Performs miscellaneous lab work to help achieve the Center's research goals
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degree is preferred but relevant work experience can satisfy this requirement.


- Undergraduate studies in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Life Sciences, or related field
- Analytical chemistry lab and/or research experience
- Experience using relevant analytical software, interpreting data, and generating reports
- Experience developing and generating protocols, reports, and other required documentation for data management (e.g., laboratory information management system)
- Successful candidates will have some experience in instrumental analysis
- Demonstrates clear record keeping skills, attention to detail, and data traceability
- Demonstrates superior oral and written communication skills
- Must be self-motivated, dependable, have a good work ethic, and able to work independently and as part of a team

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086 . Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu for the most up-to-date information.

Work Schedule:

Occasional weekend availability may be required based on demand.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 75% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, click the button (jobs.wisc.edu, search for 259626). Applicants will be prompted to upload a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should highlight experience, knowledge and skills as they relate to the listed qualifications for maximum consideration.


Emily Hickey
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: *****, STS: *****) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Research Technician(RE038)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Jun 8 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 22 2022 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

Job ID: 5601277649636882096

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