Research Specialist

Research Specialist

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 Newmark laboratory in the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is seeking a Research Specialist to join our team of dedicated researchers investigating regenerative and reproductive mechanisms in planarians and parasitic flatworms.

Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Apply nanobody-screening methods to develop high-affinity tools for studying planarians and parasitic flatworms.
  • Isolation of proteins of interest using appropriate expression and purification technologies.
  • Independently design and conduct experiments under the supervision of Principal Investigator.
  • Conduct literature reviews to be used in determining most suitable research methods.
  • May configure, operate, and/or maintain specialized equipment.
  • Identify methodological problems in research protocol and assist in implementing modifications to optimize experimental results.
  • Coordinate specialized and novel research functions.
  • May use software applications to assemble, manipulate, format and/or perform statistical analyses of data.
  • Prepare and present written or oral progress reports concerning studies, including assembly, organizational and interpretation of data.
  • Present data to the Principal Investigator (monthly progress reports), to the entire lab (lab meetings ~1-2 times a year), and occasionally at scientific meetings.
  • Train others in complex technical protocols.

Organizational Scope and Impact of Position

  • Shares significant responsibility for results of research project or project team. Manages own research project with input of the Investigator. Intermediate to long term impact on results of entire lab. 
  • Successful candidate has the chance to work in the exciting and rapidly expanding field of planarian regeneration with a diverse group of talented and dedicated scientists.
  • Play a vital collaborative role in the Newmark lab and actively contribute to research efforts of other lab members.


Interactions with Others

Establishes intermediate range goals and schedules work to meet those goals. Work is reviewed at key stages by supervisor but individual is largely self-directed.  May monitor performance of others and provide or propose required training.  May develop, or lead the development of, training tools. May plan for and provide working supervision to a group of laboratory employees of lower grade engaged in the performance of technical and professional work and a variety of complex to routine to complex tasks.


For more information about our lab and our research please visit: Twitter feed: @planapalooza



HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Required Skills

Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. with experience in molecular biology and biochemistry.
  • Experience with yeast genetics and protein purification preferred.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.


Required Experience

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-067104-821