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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

The Michigan Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is seeking a Research Laboratory Technician Associate to join our team.  The faculty and staff of our department are dedicated to providing outstanding, state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.  The department’s service excellence philosophy is founded on the goals of exceeding expectations and having every interaction leave a lasting positive impression.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is seeking a Research Laboratory Technician Associateto assist a team investigating stem cell differentiation to bone forming osteoblasts.


The candidate will play a role in conducting experiments in association with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows focused on cell signaling and transcriptional regulation of osteoblast differentiation.   The individual will be responsible for managing the laboratory, including, ordering and stocking, managing regulatory information, and laboratory maintenance.  The individual will be partly responsible for managing mouse colonies and for participating in studies on bone healing, including surgeries, tissue harvests, and analysis.   He/She will assist in report writing and be responsible for completing lab documentation. They will also provide assistance in developing and designing research projects and suggest options for improvement. This person may also assist and supervise students and others in instrument operation and assist in preparation of research papers, manuscripts, and progress reports.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor of science in biochemistry, molecular biology or related field. Good interpersonal, team-work, and communication skills are required.  

Desired Qualifications*

Candidates should have relevant experience in common molecular biology techniques, such as PCR and gel electrophoresis, and in designing and performing mammalian cell culture experiments, particularly with mesenchymal stem cells and/or osteoblasts.   Experience working with rodents (mice and rats) is highly desirable, including prior surgery experience.   Prior experience with histology and quantitative image analysis, particularly with bone, is desirable.  

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.