Research Specialist

Madison, WI

Job no: 265725-AS

Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Research

Job Summary: This research specialist position is focused on improving our understanding of psychoactive molecules' ability to act as antidepressants or anxiolytics, with a particular focus on ketamine and tryptamine psychedelics.

Responsibilities: Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision.

  • 50% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
  • 15% Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders
  • 15% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
  • 10% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
  • 5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
  • 5% Attends lab meetings and interacts with lab investigators/staff, including supervising students

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Education: Required

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum of a BS in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related discipline is required.


Master's Degree

MS in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related discipline preferred.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will demonstrate strong interest in working with rodent models and tissues, behavioral pharmacology approaches, and pharmacokinetic analysis of psychoactive small molecule distribution as part of an interdisciplinary research team.

Demonstrated expertise in handling and working with animal models is required, as is familiarity with at least one of operant behavioral conditioning techniques, small animal survival surgeries, quantitative mass spectrometry analysis, or vaccine delivery and immunologic assessment.

Experience in scientific writing, including scholarly publications, is preferred.

Work Type: Full Time: 100%

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

Appointment Type, Duration: Terminal, 12 month appointment.

This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding

Salary: Minimum $39,400 ANNUAL (12 months)

Depending on Qualifications

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

Additional Information: This position is for one year from the start date, with the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding.

The School of Pharmacy embraces the values of diversity and inclusion, as they are essential in achieving related goals outlined in our School's strategic plan. We aspire to integrate diversity and inclusion behaviors into teaching, research, and our service mission to advance our priorities of creating and sustaining an inclusive and welcoming environment. Further, we believe these values are critical in preparing our students to address and eliminate health disparities.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who have awareness, commitment, and practice of diversity and inclusion behaviors, and we especially encourage women and people from underrepresented minority groups to apply.

How to Apply: Please click the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. Please provide your current CV, contact information for 1-2 references, and a cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position.

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