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Laboratory Helper in Evolutionary Genetics

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 502710
Division/Organization: College of Letters & Science
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Location: BIRGE HALL
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $11.00
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, STEM, Data Analysis

Department Overview:

Research in the Lee Laboratory focuses on the evolutionary genetic mechanisms that enable populations to respond rapidly to catastrophic environmental change, such as habitat invasions and climate change. Much of the research centers on identifying alleles involved in rapid physiological adaptation to novel environments. Please refer to publications on the Lee Lab site:

Anticipated Start Date:

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable): Flexible

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

Flexible, 10-20 hours per week

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

The lab follows careful safety guidelines. Masks are required. Goggles recommended.


Flexible; prefer people that could work during summer and winter breaks

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:


Number of Positions:



  • Interest in animals.
  • Interest in genetics, evolution and/or physiology
  • Strong interest in the environment
  • Responsible and consistent
  • Able to perform tedious tasks carefully
  • Good capacity to assess gaps in one's own knowledge and abilities
  • Intellectual curiosity and ability to ask questions
  • Ability to take initiative when needed
  • Problem solving, quantitative, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work with others and cooperate

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Background in Biology
  • Good quantitative skills (statistics a big plus)
  • Good writing skills

Position Summary/Job Duties:

  • Culturing copepods
  • Culturing algae
  • Washing glassware
  • Mixing chemical solutions
  • Helping graduate students with experiments

If performance is exemplary, there are many opportunities for independent research, including experiments and genetic data analysis. Careful work must be demonstrated first.

COVID-19 Workplace Safety:

Please review and be aware of the Student Employee COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy.

Physical Demands:

  • Lifting carboys of water
  • Some fieldwork (collecting water and copepods)
  • Ability to perform lab work with hands (dexterity required)
  • Ability to see color is necessary for choosing algae of the correct color (distinguishing red versus green is necessary)
  • Ability to see small objects (animals that are 1-2 mm)

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

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