The University of Wisconsin Division of Transplantation is seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to join our team as a Research Faculty on the Tenure Track in Transplant Immunology. The successful candidate will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians to develop and implement cutting-edge research projects focused on understanding and addressing the intricate immunologic processes that occur during organ transplantation.
The Division of Transplantation has a long history of extramurally funded basic and translational research programs led by both research and surgeon scientists in organ transplant related research. Research areas have included organ preservation, transplant immunology, immunologic tolerance, ischemia reperfusion injury, immunological impact of brain death on donor organs, ex vivo machine perfusion of livers and kidneys prior to transplantation, and xenotransplantation.
The Department of Surgery consists of more than 150 faculty across eleven specialty divisions, performing more than 25,000 operations annually. The Department also trains more than 70 residents and fellows and is consistently ranked amongst the top surgery programs with extramural research funding, currently 7th in the nation according to Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The department provides a robust infrastructure of services including academic resources such as The Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR), which provides support, resources, and a collaborative environment to facilitate surgical health services research at the University of Wisconsin. The Department's Office of Clinical Research provides 24/7, 365 day a year clinical trial coordinator support for Clinical Trials as well regulatory support for research, and the grants management team provides comprehensive pre-award to post- award support. The Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin also provides access to a network of surgeons throughout the state and this platform provides opportunities for collaborative quality improvement that improves the care of surgical patients throughout the state and region.
The University of Wisconsin has several other resources available to research faculty to facilitate the advancement of medical research. The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) is a research institute that emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary science. WID draws on the scientific excellence of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in making science better by uniting world-class faculty from dozens of UW departments. WID maximizes its potential by targeting expertise in interdisciplinary areas including data science, precision medicine, complex systems, and emerging technologies. Incoming faculty have substantial opportunity to enhance collaboration and develop research teams through these valuable interactions at WID.
The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is part of the National Primate Research Centers program funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1961. It is one of seven federally supported (NIH-NCRR) National Primate Research Centers and the only one in the Midwest. The WNPRC's mission is to increase our understanding of basic primate biology and to improve human and animal health and quality of life through research. The WNPRC is based in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The center has strong research and teaching links to the UW-Madison Schools or Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, Letters and Science, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. The center is AAALAC accredited, and its policies adhere to the U.S. Government Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training.
The UW Biotechnology Center provides a wide variety core scientific services to UW research faculty. The core includes bioinformatics resource center, gene expression center, genome editing, animal models and mass spectrometry. More specific services include but are not limited to DNA and mRNA sequencing, CRISPR/Cas9 animal models, genome wide CRISPR screening, development of customized, advanced CRISPR applications, and quantitative proteomics.
The UW Center for Biomedical Swine Research and Innovation is the only center of its kind in the United States. The Center leverages the translatability of research in pig models and UW-Madison unique swine and biomedical research infrastructure, resources, and expertise to conduct innovative basic and translational research on human diseases. Specific resources available include human-sized pig breed, genetic engineering of pigs, integration with medical imaging and expertise in pig breeding and husbandry, veterinary care, and research procedures.
A competitive salary and benefit package is provided, including generous academic support. UW- Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
At UW School of Medicine and Public Health, we are committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.
Research Program: Conduct innovative research to study the immunological aspects of organ transplantation including but not limited to allograft rejection, immune response modulation, and tolerance induction.
Analyze experimental data and develop insights to improve transplant outcomes, identify potential risks and devise personalized immunosuppression strategies.
Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of transplant surgeons, clinicians, and researchers to integrate immunological knowledge into clinical practice and improve patient care.
Apply for research grants and funding opportunities to support ongoing projects and innovative research initiatives.
Disseminate research findings through scientific publications, presentations at scientific conferences and presentations. Ensure compliance with ethical guidelines and regulations while conducting research involving human subjects and animal models.
Service and Leadership: Provide guidance and mentorship to junior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, fostering a collaborative and learning-oriented environment. Coordinate and direct research conferences in the Division of Transplantation. Serve as research mentor to surgeon scientist research faculty within the Division of Transplantation. Mentorship activities will consist of assistance with individual research programs in areas including but not limited to experimental design, data analysis, and grant writing.
Serve on mentor committees of junior faculty in the Department of Surgery
Participate in and contribute to research activities and conferences within the Department of Surgery
The successful applicant will participate in administrative and committee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UW Health and the School of Medicine and Public Health. An essential part of these duties will be working in a collegial relationship with other faculty members.
The successful applicant will possess or be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
Expertise in transplant immunology. The ability to secure external funding through grant writing activities. A history of developing or mentoring Junior Faculty in research programs. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to work independently and as part of a team. Dynamic problem-solving skills.
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.
Required PhD in Immunology, Transplantation, or a related field
Candidate is required to have a PhD in Immunology, Transplantation, or a related field. The successful candidate will have academic credentials sufficient for appointment at the Tenure Track rank of Professor or Associate Professor. Evidence of success in leading, developing or participating in an extramurally funded research program is also expected.
Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Anticipated Begin Date:
APRIL 01, 2024
Negotiable ANNUAL (12 months)
The Community: Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings in the arts.
Madison's technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, Accuray, Spectrum Brands, and Lands' End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.
The city of Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison acknowledge that they occupy ancestral Ho-Chunk land. The School of Medicine and Public Health recognizes the health inequities faced by Native communities and pledges to learn more and take action across all of its missions.
The city has a dedicated athletics fan base which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team.
Madison has been voted the #1 Best Place to Live (Livability, 2022), #1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019), #1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020), #7 Best City for STEM Professionals (CEO World, 2020), #2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020), #2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020), #4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020), #4 Greenest City in the US (Zippia, 2020), #1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020), #1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children (DiversityDataKids.com 2020), and #1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019).
This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial Caregiver Check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and then every four years.
The department will not be able to support a request for a J-1 waiver. If you choose to pursue a waiver and apply for our position, neither the UW nor UWMF will reimburse you for your legal or waiver fees.
Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist.
How to Apply:
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The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 24, 2023, however positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.
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Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030) or Assistant Professor(FA040)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.