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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

Professional development for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and post baccalaureate students has emerged as one of the most valuable components to higher education. The impact of career success depends largely on a trainee's ability to adapt and prepare for a dynamic marketplace. We are looking for a motivated, organized, and creative team player who will serve a unique role in managing a holistic professional framework inclusive of career, personal and academic advancement for trainees in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS). This position will report directly to the Director of Curriculum and Educational Initiatives at the OGPS. Main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, operational benchmarking, creating and curating databases for student resources, implementing professional development efforts and trainee advising. This individual will be expected to make independent decisions and resolve complex requests on matters of significance within the scope of established responsibilities.


  • Manage programs and services for career and professional development to meet the needs of a highly qualified and diverse population of biomedical trainees for placement in highly competitive marketplaces, including academia, research, administration, non-profits, and industry.
  • Create, collect, and curate online resources for career and professional development. This includes actively identifying such resources and opportunities for trainees.
  • Serve as a liaison for timely distribution of information with trainees.
  • Collect and analyze feedback and data on outcomes of career events from current trainees and alumni.
  • Provide as-needed individual or group advising for trainees on career and professional development issues ranging from portfolio building and time management to matching trainees with relevant opportunities such career fairs, conferences, and other options within and outside the university.
  • Oversee current Maas Professional Development funds to create awards that will expand trainees' professional skills and networking opportunities.
  • Explore and develop opportunities for experiential learning.
  • Establish relationships with our alumni directly and via university's alumni relationship office for participation in career panels, speaker series, and workshops, and for outside learning opportunities for our trainees.
  • Work with trainees on developing Career Clubs to provide chances for career exploration and peer mentoring.
  • Collaborate with Student Success Coordinator to oversee the inclusion and continued success of each Career Club.
  • Establish relationships with Biomedical Science departments and programs to foster collaboration and leverage resources for event planning and for implementation of multi-faceted programs that promote professional development of our trainees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate degree in a biomedical science or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. PhD degree is preferred.
  • At least three years' experience working with STEM researchers and/or prior experience in successful advising, placement or recruitment of STEM trainees in academia or the industry is required.
  • Strong knowledge of current trends in STEM and biomedical career options is essential.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing is required. A writing sample and/or portfolio of oral presentations will be requested.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office and Adobe graphic design software for text editing, data analysis and presentation, and management of large datasets is essential.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills, including a demonstrated ability to balance multiple assignments with competing deadlines are required.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment, tact and diplomacy to resolve problems is required.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and judgment in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills incorporating a positive, responsive attitude, including skills to provide and receive constructive feedback are required.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusive workplace practices is required.
  • Prior experience in directly advising and mentoring STEM trainees, and/or other documented experiences within the realm of professional development, job searches, recruiting, or placement is highly desirable.
  • Experience with successful grant writing is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a large and diverse group of prospective and enrolled students, Deans, faculty and staff in various offices across the University and with the general public is important.
  • Ability to foster relationships with advisors and career counselors around the nation is important.

Work Schedule

M-F; 8-5:00

Work Locations

2960 THSL

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.