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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV as a single PDF file. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

A technician position is available in the new laboratory of Dr. Anthony Vecchiarelli in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts. We are seeking a motivated individual with initiative to assist in lab setup. The lab uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand the mechanisms governing subcellular organization, with an emphasis on cell-free reconstitution and imaging. Please see the Vecchiarelli Lab website for further research details.


The successful candidate will undertake the following tasks:

Assist students with basic lab maintenance tasks, research, and lab safety 

Routine maintenance of lab equipment and general lab housekeeping (waste disposal & treatment) 

Maintenance/recording of plasmid constructs, bacterial strains, and mammalian cell cultures 

Maintenance of data bases and ordering systems 

Advanced fluorescence microscopy and biophysical techniques 

Stock-taking and monitoring expiration dates of reagents and consumables 

Maintenance, user training, and logging use of fluorescence microscope 

Liaising with external suppliers, purchasing and distributing laboratory reagents and consumables 

Overseeing work-study student in the washing of laboratory glassware and operation of autoclaves 

Preparation of microbial and cell-culture media 

Required Qualifications*

Associate's degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics or related science degree with 1-2 years of experience in a molecular biology laboratory

The ideal applicant would be able to take initiative, plan strategically, possesses a special attention for details, and possess strong organizational skills, and can manage time effectively

Intuitiveness, the ability to take responsibility and working independently as well as part of a team are required

Must be able to follow detailed protocols and maintain accurate records

Motivation to work in a multidisciplinary environment is fundamental to this position

Candidates must have good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and software suites used for fluorescence microscopy image acquisition and analysis (NIS Elements, ImageJ or similar) and standard molecular biology (construct design, cloning, and data management)

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor or Masters preferred

Previous laboratory experience with microbial genetics, mammalian cell culture, protein purification, advanced fluorescence microscopy, such as TIRFM, and/or biophysical techniques

Flexibility and keenness to take on new tasks as the lab expands would be desirable

Additional Information

This is a one year term limited position

Higher salary possible for exceptionally qualified candidate

Background Screening

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Mission Statement

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  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.