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Research Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Working Title: Research Specialist
Official Title: Research Specialist
Employment Class: Non-Instructional Academic Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $42,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Fixed Term-Terminal, Annual
Position Summary: This position is for technical support of a parasite life cycle involving mosquitoes and rodents for the NIH/NIAID Filariasis Research Reagent Resource Center (FR#) ( The successful applicant will conduct technical and surgical manipulations used for life cycle propagation, technique optimization related to arthropod rearing and rodent infection, and animal care and use documentation. This person will provide support for ordering and tracking shipments and optimizing parasite recovery from both hosts.
Maintain parasite life cycles (75%)
• Oversee and maintain aquatic and free-living stages of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
• Oversee and maintain colonies of Brugia malayi and B. pahangi infected mosquitoes and
o Infect mosquitoes by feeding infected blood through an artificial membrane or on an
anesthetized rodent
o Harvest parasitic worms from mosquitoes and rodents
o Infect rodents through subcutaneous injections, intraperitoneal injections, and surgical
transplantation of parasitic worms
• Assist with maintenance of soft tick Ornithodoros tartakovskyi and filarial nematode
Acanthocheilonema viteae:
o Maintain tick colonies using artificial membrane system
o Harvest of parasitic worms from ticks and rodents
o Infect rodents through subcutaneous injections and surgical transplantation of worms

 Student contact/Mentoring (15%):

• Assist university students with development, design, and execution of research involving organismal and molecular projects

Prepare and ship parasite reagents to researchers per their requests (10%):

• Harvest life stage specific parasitic worms from arthropod and rodent hosts

• Prepare parasites for shipment in accordance with established biosafety regulations

• Track package throughout shipment to ensure its proper delivery

Required: Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences
High level of organization
Excellent communication skills (including comfort with electronic communication)
Preferred: Master’s degree or certified/licensed as a Veterinary Technician
Background in animal handling and/or animal research
Experience in a biology research lab
Acarology or entomology experience or background
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application: 

CV, cover letter, list of three references


For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

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Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by March 13, 2020 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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Reasonable Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or