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Job Summary

Temporary Laboratory Assistant in a growing lab in Radiation Oncology that publishes high-level papers and has strong collaborations throughout the University of Michigan.

Responsibilities*

The position would involve carrying out eukaryotic cell culture and biological experiments as directed and with guidance from a more senior-level researcher. The experiments will be in the field of cell biology, such as measuring cell proliferation rates (cell counting or live cell density monitoring), cell death (apoptosis by flow cytometry, nuclear condensation by microscopy, clonogenic survival, etc.), or immunofluorescence. Cell culture will include both standard cell propagation and expansion, as well as advanced techniques including plasmid or siRNA transfection, lentivirus infection, invasion/migration assays, and clonogenic survival assays. The employee would have responsibility for maintaining cell cultures and carrying out experiments as directed. The position will also require the use of an orthovoltage radiation machine for in vivo and in vitro radiation experiments. Additionally, the researcher will be responsible for assisting with the ongoing animal experiments and previous mouse work experience is preferred. Data analysis will be performed by the supervising researcher but may include the employee depending on level of expertise and performance. The employee will also be responsible for a portion of lab and cell culture maintenance tasks including water bath and cell culture incubator maintenance, supply restocking, and lab tidiness.

Required Qualifications*

Required qualifications include college-level biology coursework and a working knowledge of biomedical research and cell culture or similar biological experiments.  

Desired Qualifications*

Desired qualifications include a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, more extensive lab experience including cell culture and similar experiments described above, and a desire to pursue further education in biological sciences, such as medical school, veterinary school, or biological sciences graduate school.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of three 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.