Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Research Technician

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Madison, WI, United States

Job Description

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.

Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI.

The Chapman laboratory located at the University of Wisconsin is recruiting a Research Technician to perform animal colony maintenance, supervise the genotyping program and perform weekly rat dissections for a medium sized lab. This position will be a back up to the lab manager and may perform tasks such as maintaining adequate supplies for experimental needs, assist in equipment maintenance and help manage safety programs to insure compliance with all applicable regulations. Candidate will establish short to intermediate term goals and schedules work to meet all goals. Work is reviewed at key stages by supervisor and may train others in technical areas. May plan for and provide working supervision to the work of Research Technicians or other laboratory personnel of lower grade. Shares responsibility for results of a work unit or project team. Intermediate term impact. Individual able to manage research project under supervision of Lab Manager. Special projects may be assigned as needed.

Required Skills

  1. Help Lab Manger with day-to-day activities within the research laboratory, including such activities as making sure adequate supplies are available for routine experimental procedures, insuring operation of essential equipment, etc.
  2. Oversee mouse colony including breeding, weaning and sacrificing animals. Oversee the genotyping program. May train new genotypers.
  3. Act as a back up to Lab Manager to liaise between lab and host safety and regulatory offices to insure compliance with all applicable regulations.
  4. May develop laboratory guidelines; maintain procedures manuals; and/or evaluate new materials and equipment.
  5. May carry out research project. May evaluate new techniques and technology.
  6. Ability to supervise others.
  7. Ability to initiate and compose communications for various purposes in an appropriate style.
  8. Ability to review goals, analyze processes necessary to achieve those goals, and develop techniques and systems required to meet those goals.

    Physical Requirements:

    Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

    Occasionally stoops and bends.

    Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands.

    Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals

    and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances.  

    Physical requirements include long periods of standing and/or sitting.

Required Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 1+ year animal experience
  2. Website design and maintenance or HTML programming knowledge


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in health or physical sciences. 0-2 years’ experience in a laboratory setting


HHMI is an equal opportunity employer

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-067103-780