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Please attach a cover letter, along with your current CV/resume for consideration and apply electronically via CV should include candidate’s educational background, brief description of technical skills, an updated list of research publications and contact information for 3 referees. Cover letter should provide a brief summary of candidate’s specific research experience, research interests and career objectives. 
Applications will begin to be reviewed immediately and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Job Summary

This posting is for a Research Technician Senior in the Chertok laboratory for “Remote and Image-Guided Therapeutics” at the University of Michigan. Our laboratory develops magnetically- and acoustically-responsive biomaterials for remotely modulated and image-guided drug/gene delivery and personalized therapy. The specific projects focus on stimulation of the immune system for cancer therapy through integration of biomaterial-based drug/gene delivery platforms and immunology. The research technician will be responsible for carrying out animal experiments and perform tissue analysis to assess functionality of novel cancer immunotherapeutics. The position requires experience with immunology and cell biology techniques, in vivo work with rodent models, and ex vivo tissue characterization using techniques such as flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Familiarity with formulation of nanoparticles for drug/gene delivery and in vivo animal imaging techniques is a plus.    


  • Animal handling, dosing and tissue/blood collection, tumor induction and monitoring, evaluation of gene expression using imaging techniques, analysis of animal tissues ex vivo and immunoprofiling
  • Cell culture and bio-related assays, RNA and protein extraction, analysis of DNA/RNA formulations
  • Method development for tissue analysis using flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of experiments, analyze data for publication under the direction of the PI, contribute to manuscript preparation 
  • Assist with training of junior personnel in research techniques
  • Provide lab management support including assistance with materials inventory, ordering supplies, equipment maintanence etc.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in bioengineering/pharmaceutics or a related health science discipline, with an advanced degree (e.g. MS with a research component)/training preferred
  • 1-2 years of full-time laboratory benchwork
  • Experience with animal handling, dosing and tissue/blood collection, tumor induction and monitoring, analysis of animal tissues and immunoprofiling
  • Expertise with flow cytometry+ related data analysis, immunohistochemistry and microscopy
  • Expertise with cell culture and related bio-assays (e.g. transfections) , RNA and protein extraction, DNA/RNA analysis and quantification using common techniques (e.g. electrophoresis, PCR)
  • Familiarity with common data analysis and statistical analysis software (e.g. Excell, Origin, SPSS, GraphPrism)

Desired Qualifications*

  • A background in cancer immunology is preferred
  • Familiarity with nanoparticle formulations is a plus
  • Familiarity with in vivo animal imaging is desired but not required

Additional Information

This is a 12 month term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal dependent on performance and continued grant funding.
Specific salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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