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WOC Position Announcements

IMPORTANT: These are Without Compensation Positions. There is no salary for these positions, and there is no plan for future employment at the VA. Individuals in these positions will need to complete a full background check with the VA.

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(2/18/2020)

Description: Graduate Research Assistant

Qualifications/expectations:  This position is for a University of Wisconsin graduate student to perform research with Dr Miriam Shelef. Duties will include designing, performing, and analyzing experiments to better understand immunity, inflammation, and autoimmune disease. The position also includes gaining expertise in these research areas and the related methodologies as well as collaborating with research team members and contributing to lab upkeep. The successful applicant will have at least 1 year of lab bench experience and a strong academic record.

Contact information: Judy Aughey, Judith.aughey@va.gov




(2/18/2020)

Location: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI

Description: Graduate Research Assistant

Qualifications/expectations:  This position is for a University of Wisconsin graduate student to perform research with Dr Miriam Shelef. Duties will include designing, performing, and analyzing experiments to better understand immunity, inflammation, and autoimmune disease. The position also includes gaining expertise in these research areas and the related methodologies as well as collaborating with research team members and contributing to lab upkeep. The successful applicant will have at least 1 year of lab bench experience and a strong academic record.

Contact information: Judy Aughey, Judith.aughey@va.gov




(1/31/2020)

Location: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI

Description:  Postdoctural Research Associate

Qualifications/expectations:  A post-doctoral research associate is sought whose focus is to determine the precise molecular mechanisms by which signal transduction cascades mediated by G proteins and their receptors influence pancreatic beta-cell and islet function in the context of the healthy state and during the progression to type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  A MS or PhD in Pharmacology is required, and at least 4 years of experience in the general field of pancreatic beta-cell or islet biology during their PhD training and/or during any post-doctoral training.

Primary duties of this position will be conducting basic science research experiments in an accurate and precise manner.  Must be able to work independently, develop their own testable models and hypotheses, troubleshoot experimental approaches, be able to identify and switch directions easily when experimental results do not support a hypothesis, and maintain excellent record-keeping. A high degree of organization, the ability to work as part of a team, and experience and skill with mentoring junior trainees in the lab, such as undergraduates and rotating graduate students, are all requirements. Pre-requisite technical skills required for this position isolation of primary pancreatic islets from mouse models; culture of mouse and human islets and beta-cell-derived lines; insulin secretion assays with beta-cell lines and primary islets; beta-cell line and islet Calcium imaging assays; immunofluorescence/immunohistochemistry of pancreatic slide sections; quantitative real-time RT-PCR, Western blot, and other standard biochemical, pharmacological, and/or molecular biology techniques. Other duties for this position involve keeping biosafety and animal protocols up-to-date, managing genotyping, helping to draft manuscripts and grant applications related to the incumbent’s project, preparing data figures for presentation and publication, etc. Three references who can speak to the incumbent’s skills with regards to the required qualifications are required.

Contact information: Judy Aughey, Judith.aughey@va.gov




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