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Job Summary

The Department of Anthropology seeks a Research Asst II to perform basic wet lab science. The laboratory’s focus is on understanding the genetic evidence for human adaptation/natural selection, with special emphasis on infectious disease and high-altitude adaptation.

The position is part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) for 4-5 months.


Laboratory duties include but are not limited to: agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR, RT-PCR, primer design, DNA extraction, RNA extraction, DNA quantification, DNA sample database management, restriction digestion, and DNA sequencing. Additional responsibilities include general lab management (e.g. supervising undergraduate students), lab organization, and ordering of supplies and reagents.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, or a related field, basic-research laboratory experience, good communication skills, attention to detail, strong organization skills, ability to work independently and with others, good computing skills, particularly with MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, as well as with online databases such as NCBI.

Desired Qualifications*

Previous experience working with human DNA, knowledge of the human genome.

Additional Information

This temporary position may meet eligibility requirements for health care benefits.

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.