Research Specialist


We are looking for a quality-focused Research Specialist. WiCell is a non-profit, supporting organization of UW–Madison and is committed to the highest standard of quality. We are a close-knit, friendly, helpful, and hard-working group of professionals. WiCell cares about work-life flexibility and offers a stellar benefits package.

The Research Specialist will provide technical services and other related responsibilities within the WiCell Characterization Lab. This will include performing laboratory techniques, including but not limited to metaphase chromosome preparations, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), PCR, and culture of human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) lines and related cell lines.

Work is normally performed in a typical laboratory/office environment. Weekend work every 6-8 weeks, as needed on a rotation, is required.

This is a full-time, onsite position located at 504 S. Rosa Road in Research Park on the west side of Madison.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive pay based on experience, including pay range starting at $25 per hour
  • Milestone bonuses for completion of trainings and projects
  • Annual review of performance, position and compensation
  • Health and wellness benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental health benefits, domestic partner benefits, generous paid time off package, including time off to volunteer and vote, parental leave, employer-funded 401(k) retirement plan plus match, pay access benefit that allows you to access up to 50% of earned wages before pay day, short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance policy and employee assistance and wellness programs

The Ideal candidate will have a minimum of one year of experience in a laboratory setting. A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in biology or a related scientific program is required. Other preferred experiences include sterile culture techniques, culturing human pluripotent stem cells and G-banded chromosome preparation.

Candidates should have strong communication skills and the ability to work with others in a laboratory setting. Maintaining a high level of confidentiality, accuracy, reliability, and responsibility are all essential for success. A valid driver’s license to make local deliveries about once per month is required. A motor vehicle report may be requested at post-offer, pre-employment as well as annually.


We encourage all individuals interested in this opportunity to apply via the apply button.

Our recruitment process for this position will include resume review, phone-interview and an on-site interview for candidates selected to move forward.

WiCell promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse environment and encourages all individuals to apply if you believe you can learn and perform the required responsibility of this position. If you feel you can do the job and are excited about it but not sure if you meet the qualifications, consider applying as we’d love to connect with you!

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the employment process. If you need to request accommodation, please contact Human Resources at 608-960-9838.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa.