The Hittinger Lab

The Hittinger Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison trains scientists at all levels, from high school students and teachers to postdoctoral researchers. We are always looking for ambitious, creative, and self-motivated people interested in training in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, microbiology, bioenergy, biotechnology, and evolutionary biology. To apply, email us and clearly state why you are applying to our lab (form emails will not receive replies).

  1. Postdoctoral:  We are currently taking applications for postdoctoral researchers to participate in the Y1000+ Project. This ambitious project offers a variety of training opportunities in ecological and evolutionary genomics, as well as several potential paths to laying the groundwork for your own independent research program in genomics, biotechnology, or evolutionary biology. Candidates who attract their own fellowship or traineeship will have additional project flexibility. From postdoctoral researchers, we nurture (and expect) independence, creativity, and integrative thinking as you transition into your career as an independent scientist.
  2. Graduate Students:  Please apply to PhD programs in Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Microbiology (MDTP), Integrative Biology, or Botany. In rare cases, we can also train MS students in Bacteriology, Botany, and Integrative Biology, provided they are interested in working on yeast. Please carefully consider whether each program’s curriculum and funding model is right for your interests and career goals. If you are unsure, ask! Candidates who attract their own fellowship or traineeship will have additional project flexibility.
  3. Undergraduate Students:  We mainly recruit students through the Undergraduate Research Scholar program, to which students apply as incoming freshmen or sophomores. Exceptional students are occasionally considered through other programs or for individual research opportunities. Students with computer programming experience will receive special consideration. Most students begin research as part of the Yeast Exploration and Analysis Science Team (or Wild YEAST Program), gradually acquiring advanced and independent projects. Please note that space is limited (historically, less than 10% of applicants have been offered positions).
  4. High School Students: Members of the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) have participated in the Wild YEAST Program. Other exceptional applicants will be considered only when there is space.
  5. High School Teachers: In collaboration with the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, we currently offer a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET) position every summer. Teachers participate in the Wild YEAST Program and develop classroom activities and hands-on lessons. Look for application deadlines in late winter.
  6. Other: We consider visiting scientists, visiting students, sabbatical applicants, and other requests on a case-by-case basis.

Legal:  These are highly selective training opportunities, not job postings. Any job postings for technician or other support staff will be referred to by their UW PVL# with a link to the official posting. The training discussed above is contingent upon admission to the relevant training program (if applicable), funding and space availability, and the suitability of the candidate to the lab. Individuals from all underrepresented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.


Chris Todd Hittinger
Laboratory of Genetics
425-G Henry Mall
4340-4360 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1580
United States

Contact the Lab: HittingerLab at genetics(dot) wisc(dot)edu UW Directory Link

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