Research Specialist (2)

The Kalin lab in the Department of Psychiatry has 2 open positions for individuals with technical and statistical skills as well as an interest in psychology who would like to gain experience working with large multimodal datasets.

The primary purpose of this position will be to assist the PI by analyzing large datasets that integrate across multiple forms of biological data including RNA/DNA, neuroimaging, behavior, and physiology collected with state of the art techniques. Our group works with human and animal models to understand the neurobiological basis of anxiety and depression with the goal of developing new treatments.

Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of a diverse team of research scientists. The ideal candidate will be motivated to apply their computational and statistical expertise to further efforts to understand the neurobiology of anxiety and depression. To this end, candidates must be willing to expand their knowledge of statistics, computers, and psychiatric illness via on-the-job training.

Well-qualified applications will have the following required knowledge and experiences:

  • Minimum of a BS or BA in statistics, computer science, or other relevant field required. More advanced degrees welcome.
  • Familiarity with Unix.
  • Experience with programming/scripting.
  • Competence with high-level statistical techniques (e.g., multiple regression).

Preferred knowledge and experiences include:

  • Experience with Matlab, Python, and/or similar computer languages.
  • Experience with R or similar statistical packages.
  • Domain specific knowledge related to psychology, genetics, and/or neuroimaging are a plus.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. UW-Madison provides equal employment opportunities for all persons and is in compliance with State and Federal regulations.

If you are interested to learn more and apply:

  • Go to the UW-Madison HR Staff Vacancy Website (
  • Click on External Candidates, Staff Vacancies, and Search All Staff Vacancies for PVL 85762
  • Questions can be directed to Dr. Lisa Williams at