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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

Under direct supervision of the Principal Investigator, performs a wide variety of moderately complex technical research support to understand the pathogenesis of streptococcal bacterial infections, including use of tissue culture and mouse models



Experiment Prep: 50%

  • Conduct basic and moderately complex experiments according to plan and protocols
  • Molecular biology techniques (PCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA cloning)
  • Actively participate in mouse models of streptococcal colonization and infection
  • Actively participate in in vitro tissue culture experiments, including bacterial adherence/invasion assays, cytotoxicity studies, immunologic assays

Data Analysis: 20%

  • Actively participate in flow cytometric analysis of processed tissue samples for immunologic studies
  • Use basic light and immunofluorescent microscopy to analyze histologic specimens
  • Collect, analyze, and process data, reporting to the Principal Investigator
  • Participate in formulating research methods and suggest options for quality improvement

Administrative: 15%

  • Collaborate in the development of new techniques
  • May assemble, test calibrate, clean or make minor repairs to equipment

Lab Maintenance: 15%

  • Train personnel in new and existing laboratory techniques and procedures, explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operation limitations and outcomes
  • Schedule and maintain records of equipment/facility
  • Work in collaboration with Principal Investigator on other projects as needed

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor of Science Degree  
  • 1-3 years of experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of our team
  • Excellent attendance, ability to prioritize appropriately and exercise good judgment  
  • Must be willing to work with mice models
  • Must be able to commit at least one year to the laboratory
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and proficiency or ability to learn EndNote reference manager, Graphpad data analysis software, and FlowJo flow cytometry analysis software

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous laboratory experience with a minimum of one year experience in the field of microbiology, molecular biology, and/or immunology
  • Working knowledge of principles of molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology
  • Previous research experience with the use of mice
  • Previous research experience with in vitro tissue culture systems
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and/or train students, junior laboratory personnel in laboratory techniques and/or protocols
  • Reasonable knowledge of University research policies and procedures
  • Evidence of qualifications is provided by previous employment, references and previous performance evaluations

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.