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Job Summary

The Michigan Center for Translational Pathology (MCTP) is seeking a histopathologist for a Research Fellow position. MCTP integrates genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatics approaches on clinical biospecimens to identify novel cancer biomarkers and therapeutic targets. The mission of the Center is to facilitate the discovery, validation, and implementation of candidate target genes/proteins in cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. The Center employs a multi-disciplinary approach, engaging talent from diverse disciplines ranging from medicine, pathology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, engineering, cytogenetics, and molecular therapeutics.

We are looking for a histopathologist to work with the MCTP clinical and research groups to develop tissue based assays, biomarker discovery and follow up functional studies using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), immunohistochemistry (IHC), RNA in situ hybridization (RNA-ISH), laser capture microdissection (LCM), and cell based assays and technologies. The successful candidate must be capable of thriving in a fast-paced dynamic environment. The candidate will work as part of a team to perform routine and complex laboratory experimental procedures under the supervision of the Principal Investigators and/or higher level research staff. The position will participate in research projects in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.


Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, review human/mouse formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) and frozen tissue H&E slides. Independently design, plan, execute and interpret experiments in the areas of IHC, FISH, and RNA-ISH. Independently evaluate and score IHC and RNA-ISH slides. Make tissue microarrays. Perform LCM. Participate in procuring samples from rapid autopsy. Work closely with SPORE team on ongoing clinical and research projects. Perform bench work as needed to ensure timely completion of work. May be required to develop, execute, or validate new procedures. Organize databases for test validation.  Work closely with directors, supervisor, and section leaders in test development and trouble-shooting.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must have completed a graduate degree (MD and/or PhD) with relevant experience in Surgical Pathology, Cytogenetics, Biology or Clinical Laboratory Science.
  • Experience in histology, immunohistochemistry, RNA-ISH, FISH and LCM is preferred.
  • Familiar with various microscope imaging software.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and implement novel experimental techniques.
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with PC (Windows) are required.
  • Excellent teamwork and fluent verbal and written English communication skills are essential.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in pathology residency and/or fellowship program training
  • Fluency in English and teamwork skills to work in a multidisciplinary environment are important.
  • This position will require self-initiative and ability to work without close supervision

Work Locations

5316 CCC - Ann Arbor

Additional Information

Term Limited Job: One-year postdoc with option to renew

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.