University of Wisconsin–Madison

Administrative Services Unit

Animal Research Tech giving treats to marmosets

The Administrative Services Unit of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) is a component of the Operational Services Division, and provides critical operational and administrative support to WNPRC investigators, to the Animal Services Division, to the Research Services Division, and to the other Operational Services units. In support of the research and animal care mission of the WNPRC, the main objectives of the Administrative Services Unit are threefold:

  • Assisting core faculty and service units to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, and University policies and procedures with respect to the Center’s operations, including finance, grants, human resources, and procurement;
  • Developing strategies and implementing processes across Center operations to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs whenever and wherever possible; and
  • Collaborating with faculty and units to devise strategies for increasing funding and revenue for Center programs.

Contact Information

Debra (Deb) L. Jurmu
Assistant Director
1220 Capitol Court, Room 210
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 263-3504
Email Deb at djurmu@primate.wisc.edu

Grants and Finance Team

Staff on the Grants and Finance team provide critical research administration support to WNPRC core faculty, from the initiation of proposals to the close-out of contracts and awards. Additionally, the team manages the P51 grant, awarded by the Office Of The Director, National Institutes of Health, to support the research and animal care mission of the WNPRC. Some of the Grants and Finance team’s key responsibilities include the following:

  • Pre- and post-award administration for grants and contracts;
  • Management of fee-for-service agreements;
  • Oversight of the financial management of all accounts;
  • Development, management, and implementation of service rates in consultation with the Primate Center’s service unit heads;
  • Management of the monthly charge-backs for services rendered, including per diem charges;
  • Processing of business-related reimbursements and assistance with business travel; and
  • Centralized procurement support for goods, services, and equipment.

Key Personnel

Name Position Phone Email
Deb Jurmu Assistant Director (608) 263-3504 djurmu@primate.wisc.edu
Erica Cleary Grants Manager (608) 262-8947 ecleary@primate.wisc.edu
Katie I. Olson Grants Coordinator (608) 890-2728 kolson@primate.wisc.edu
Patrice Laszewski Purchasing Associate (608) 263-3501 laszewski@primate.wisc.edu

General Contact Information for the WNPRC Grants and Finance Team

bussvc@primate.wisc.edu

Fax number: (608) 263-4031

Human Resource Team

Staff on the Human Resources team provide crucial HR support to all WNPRC employees. Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of the strategic recruitment, hiring, and retention of staff and student hourlies;
  • Payroll processing and benefits administration;
  • Oversight of employee development, performance evaluation, and expectation-setting;
  • Management of compensation adjustments;
  • Oversight of other personnel administration, such as processing of honorary fellowships, Worker’s Compensation claims, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requests, etc.;
  • Management of employee relations; and
  • Assistance with other HR-related issues, such as implementation of ergonomic practices and principles.

Key Personnel

Name Position Phone Email
Deb Jurmu Assistant Director (608) 263-3504 djurmu@primate.wisc.edu
Samantha (Sam) Block HR Assistant Advanced (608) 262-0149 sblock@primate.wisc.edu
Rachael Buss HR Assistant Advanced (608)890-3585 rbuss@primate.wisc.edu
Caitlin Milnthorpe HR Assistant (608) 262-4746 cmilnthorpe@primate.wisc.edu

General Contact Information for the WNPRC HR Team

hr@primate.wisc.edu

Fax number: (608) 262-8946

Employment Opportunities at the WNPRC

For positions posted before October 10, 2016, please visit the UW-Madison Office of Human Resources (OHR) employment website. Select the link for positions open to “All Applicants” and then select the type of position, such as “Staff Vacancies.” Once there, search by keyword “primate” to see all posted positions for the WNPRC.

For positions posted after October 10, 2016, please visit the new website, Jobs at UW. To search for jobs at the WNPRC, use keyword “primate” in browsing all jobs.