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Research Scientist II
  • Requisition ID #: 22678
  • Job Category: Research
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Experienced (non-manager)
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Translational and Biomedical Research Center
  • Department: Biochemistry
  • Education: Doctorate Degree

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Position Description:


Senior non-faculty researcher, use fundamental and advanced concepts, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to design and perform complex scientific research.

Primary Functions

     Plan and complete the most complex procedures: participate in discovery projects.

     Oversee organization, coding, synthesis and analysis of findings.

     Review research methodologies; plan, develop and compose protocols for implementation, assessment, testing, cost effectiveness, and quality.

     Supervise staff including hiring, training, performance reviews, coaching and corrective actions; oversee daily operations of the laboratory.

     Oversee assignments to researchers, biostatisticians, data analysts, and other members of the research team including staff members, who gather, code, enter and track data.

     Plan and perform statistical analyses using advanced techniques; determine and review statistical findings with investigators and recommend design modifications in study protocols.

     Prepare scientific reports, outcome findings and scientific manuscripts. Assist in outcome interpretation and composition of the results sections of manuscripts and reports.

  •   Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff and evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, evaluate lab procedures.

  •   Train students, residents and post-doctoral fellows in specific research protocols; develop training materials.

  •   Develop, implement and maintain a computerized record system for reporting results.

  •   Design and execute of syntheses of chemical biology tool compounds and biologically active drug-like compounds.

  •   Characterize synthesized compounds using nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, and other techniques as necessary.


Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Knowledge of biology, synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry, mathematics, documentation, and records management.

Data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills.

Organizational Structure

Building:  TBD

Department:  Biochemistry

Division:  N/A

Reports to (Title):  Professor of Biochemistry

Direct Reports (Titles):  Up to two Research Technologists

Collaborates with (Titles):  Faculty investigators in multiple departments

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:


Minimum Required Education:               PhD in a scientific field

Minimum Required Experience:              3 years

Preferred Education:  PhD in organic chemistry plus 2 years postdoctoral training in medicinal chemistry

Preferred Experience:  2+ years as a synthetic organic chemist in an industrial or academic medicinal chemistry research environment

Field:  Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry




Grade Name                                   R17

Full-Time Equivalent                        1.0

FLSA Status                                   Exempt

FLSA Test                                       Learned Professional

Workweek                                       Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility required as necessary to accommodate business needs.

Job ID                                            283

Job Name                                       Research Scientist

Position Category                            Research Services (RS)


Job Scope

Complexity – regularly applied judgment to accomplish tasks; develops policies and procedures

Impact – errors may cause moderate to serious damage; accuracy highly important

Autonomy – performs work independently with regular check-ins; supervision available as needed

Communication – occasionally resolves conflicts; adapts communication style to audiences

Responsibility – advises others

Confidentiality – regularly prepares and uses confidential information

Leadership – acts as a role model


Physical Requirements

Work requires occasionally lifting moderate weight materials, standing, or walking continuously.


Risk Potential

Little or no exposure to hazards such as dust, fumes, or extreme temperatures, airborne or blood borne pathogens, extreme temperatures, or allergens.


Sensory Acuity

Ability to detect and translate speech or other communication required. May occasionally require the ability to distinguish colors and perceive relative distances between objects.


Work Environment

Occasional exposure to dust, noise, temperature changes, or contact with water or other liquids. Work is performed in an environmentally controlled environment.




Performance Dimensions



Exhibit confidentiality, honesty, and actions that build trust and strengthen relationships. Listen to others and effectively communicate in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication. Demonstrate respect and commitment to the values of diversity and equity; seek out and incorporate diverse perspectives into decision making.


Excellence and Creativity

Exhibit initiative and ingenuity by taking ownership of tasks to proactively improve services, avoid problems, or develop opportunities. Generate novel and valuable ideas to impact institutional missions.

Identify and implement new methods to increase efficiency and quality.


Education and Development

Displays an ongoing commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement in one's area of responsibility. Actively seek out mentorship and learning opportunities that can be applied to current and future work activities. Develop and maintain professional affiliations. Participate in design, development, and/or evaluation of instructional materials, methods, courses, or programs.


Agility and Judgment

Remain flexible and versatile in rapidly changing environment and adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Change behavioral style or method of approach when necessary to achieve a goal. Make timely and sound decisions based on analysis of information, experience, and logic. Show reliability and accountability in the successful completion of all work.


Stewardship and Institutional Citizenship

Support transformational change to achieve institutional vision and strategies. Be an active and thoughtful participant in institutional initiatives, meetings, and committee work. Conserve resources and use in an efficient and cost effective manner across all institutional missions. Look for ways to improve and promote quality within area of influence.





About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

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