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

Job Summary

Highly motivated individual sought for a Research Technician Associate in a basic research laboratory studying cardiovascular disease in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Michigan Medical School. The candidate will manage the lab's mouse colony including multiple lines of genetically modified mice, assist with lab maintenance, train new lab members, and assist investigators with experiments involving animals, and microscopy. 


  • Manage mouse colony and assist investigators performing research in molecular and cellular biology laboratory studying cardiovascular disease.
  • Mouse colony management includes: tagging mice and ear-clipping for genotyping; genotyping mice; maintaining mouse colonies through breeder-cage management; maintaining detailed Excel database of each mouse line.
  • Experiments involve: mouse drug administration and monitoring, performing rodent dissections, cell culture; transfections; western blots; DNA, RNA and protein purification and analysis; and other techniques used in molecular and cell biology labs.
  • General lab management includes: train and work with new personnel and undergraduate lab assistants; order and maintain lab supplies; assist with equipment upkeep and repair; responsible for ensuring lab documentation is up to date for safety inspections.

Required Qualifications*

Intermediate Level -

  • HS Diploma or Associates Degree
  • 3-4 years' experience as a laboratory assistant in biological science research laboratory

Associate Level -

  • HS Diploma or Associate's degree.
  • 1-2 years’ experience as a laboratory assistant in biological science research laboratory.

Both Levels -

  • Experience working with genetically modified mouse models. Experience with mouse colony management, including PCR for genotyping.
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly responsible with excellent organizational, interpersonal,  and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with initiative, and collaboratively in a research team, and assist in teaching and supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience with computer skills including with Excel for database management.
  • Knowledge of solution preparation and operation of basic research laboratory equipment (micropipets, centrifuges, balance, pH meter).
  • Experience with cell culture, transfections and western blots.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Desire to learn, enthusiasm and supportive references.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biological science or related health field.
  • Familiarity with UMich ordering systems, eresearch animal management system.
  • Knowledge of laboratory management.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine 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

Michigan Medicine 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 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.