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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 Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan has an active portfolio of clinical studies in asthma and chronic airway diseases, for which there is immediate need for a laboratory research assistant to support biospecimen processing for both immediate analyses and biobanking.  This individual will be responsible for processing samples that include sputum, blood, urine, oral rinse and stool.  Procedures range from simple centrifugation/aliquoting to more complex protocols involving preparation of slides, performing total and differential cell counts, and extracting DNA/RNA from samples for molecular assays. Training will be provided but some experience in fundamental laboratory skills is requisite.

 The hired candidate will support both NIH and industry-sponsored clinical studies. All bench work will be performed in the supervising PI’s laboratory, and transporting collected specimens from study visits on the medical campus is expected (e.g. Taubman Clinic or MCRU).


  • Process various biospecimens per protocol
  • Become proficient/certified in sputum processing, including preparation and reading of slides for inflammatory cell differential counts.  
  • Extract high-quality DNA/RNA for downstream molecular experiments.
  • Logging samples and their derivatives into study-specific databases and forms.

Required Qualifications*

Research Lab Tech Intermediate Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree with at least 1-3 years experience. Candidates should have sufficient laboratory experience to be able to quickly learn new skills and protocols.  Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills. Must be able to work independently after appropriate training.


Research Lab Tech Associate Qualifications:
High School Diploma or Associates degree and 0-1 year of experience.


Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.