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Qualified applicants should submit a CV and cover letter.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in this position and relevant qualifications, and include the names and contact information of three references.

Job Summary

A highly collaborative, interactive group of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and technical staff is looking for a highly motivated biological scientist to join their research team looking at the mechanism of action of scaffold proteins that regulate energy balance. The applicant will work with other laboratory personnel using state-of-the-art techniques to determine how scaffold proteins act at both the whole animal level and cellular level to regulate appetite and energy expenditure.  The ideal candidate would have several years’ experience with standard techniques in cell biology, molecular biology or mouse metabolic phenotyping.  The position provides the opportunity to interact with the many laboratories that participate in the University of Michigan Diabetes Research Center, and the University of Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center.  The Carter-Su laboratory, the Department of Integrative and Molecular Physiology, the Medical School, and the University of Michigan combine to offer outstanding opportunities for scientific development.


The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting research related to animal studies, including generating and maintaining colonies of genetically modified mice; phenotyping mice with emphasis on metabolic phenotypes; collecting and sectioning tissues; performing immunohistological assays; and determining neuronal projections and architecture.  The applicant will also need to master cellular and molecular biology techniques, which may include DNA cloning; DNA/RNA purification; ChIP assays; qPCR; translating ribosome affinity purification (TRAP_ seq); protein purification; immunoprecipitations; immunoblots; ELISA; assessing protein localization using immunocytochemistry and live cell imaging; cell culture and transfection.  The applicant will be responsible for formulating research methods and suggesting options for improving quality, identifying potential problems, recommending and implementing solutions; collaborating in the development of new techniques; and analyzing, interpreting data and implementing research methodology based on outcome of analysis.  The person will also spend some of their time in training others in equipment operation and laboratory techniques. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a biology science-related field
  • 1-3 years related experience in molecular biology, cell biology or genetically modified mouse models
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Highly motivated with strong work ethic and excellent interpersonal skills including reliability and sense of humor
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively in a research team
  • Able to multitask and work with multiple individuals
  • Able to assist in teaching and supervision
  • Proficient in English

Desired Qualifications*

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience with cell culture and metabolic phenotyping

Work Schedule

M-F days, some evenings and weekends

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.

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.