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Job Summary

A Research Lab Technician position is available in Dr. Peng Li’s laboratory at the Life Sciences Institute of the University of Michigan ( to study the neural control of breathing. We are seeking a highly motivated, organized individual with a background in molecular biology and genetics. Prior experience with mouse handling is preferred. 


The successful candidate will provide experimental support to:

  • Mouse colony maintenance and genotyping
  • Mouse brain stereotaxic injection
  • Mouse brain tissue isolation, process, and embedding. Cryosectioning of embedded tissue specimen
  • Analysis of protein expression by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, and imaging by confocal microscopy

Non-experimental duties will include:

  • Laboratory organization and maintenance
  • General purchasing of lab supplies
  • Maintaining clear laboratory experimental records
  • Help the PI to manage lab inventory and the lab protocols
  • Attend lab manager meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree (or expected graduate) in Biology or related majors (e.g. Biochemistry, Biomolecular Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience)
  • A minimum of 3 months prior laboratory experience
  • High degree of motivation
  • Ability to think independently and work collaboratively
  • Ability and willingness to learn new techniques and skills
  • Minimum of two-year commitment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior mouse handling experience preferred
  • Proficiency in PCR, gel electrophoresis, and immunohistochemistry

Additional Information

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at the University of Michigan, strategically located as a bridge between the medical campus and the central-campus schools and colleges. Our mission is to advance the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health.

The LSI’s world-class faculty members hold joint appointments at the LSI, where their labs are located, and a variety of schools and colleges across the university. They bring broad and diverse expertise — ranging from cell biology to medicine, from chemistry to structural biology. The institute’s philosophy is to provide our faculty and their teams with superior scientific tools and administrative support, allowing them to spend more time focused on what really matters — their research.

The institute’s administrative staff supports all aspects of unit operations including facilities, IT, human resources, finance, research administration, academic programs, communications and development.  

In addition to faculty labs, the LSI houses several core technology labs that support the research enterprise of the entire university, including a high-throughput screening center (Center for Chemical Genomics), a comprehensive cloning and macromolecular X-ray crystallography facility (Center for Structural Biology), and a state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility. The LSI also plays a key role in administering campus-wide programs like the U-M Program in Chemical Biology, Center for the Discovery of New Medicines and Michigan Life Sciences Fellows.

The LSI is committed to the principle that fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within the institute — and in the next generation of scientific leaders — is inseparable from our commitment to scientific excellence and achievement.

Background Screening

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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.