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Job Summary

A highly collaborative, interactive group of faculty, graduate students and technical staff is looking for a highly motivated biological scientist to join their research team looking at factors in the brain that regulate body weight, feeding behavior and energy expenditure. The applicant will have primary responsibility managing our mouse colony.  In addition, they will work with other laboratory personnel using state-of-the-art techniques to determine how different isoforms of scaffold proteins work together to regulate appetite and energy expenditure at the whole animal and cellular levels.  The ideal candidate would have experience managing a mouse colony, databases, and polymerase chain (PCR) reactions.  Experience with mouse metabolic phenotyping is desirable but not required.  The position provides the opportunity to interact with the many laboratories that participate in the University of Michigan Diabetes Research Center, and the University of Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center.  The Carter-Su laboratory, the Department of Integrative and Molecular Physiology, the Medical School, and the University of Michigan combine to offer outstanding opportunities for scientific development. 


  • Manage mouse colony and perform research in molecular and cellular biology laboratory studying obesity, signal transduction, neuron function and gene transcription.  

  • Mouse colony management includes:  tagging mice and tail-snipping for genotyping; genotyping mice; maintaining mouse colonies through breeder-cage management; maintaining detailed Softmouse database of each mouse line; serving as the lab liaison with the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine 

  • Experiments involve: DNA and RNA purification and analysis; mouse tissue dissection; tissue/protein processing; insulin and glucose tolerance tests; western blots; enzymatic assays; immunocytochemistry

  • General lab management includes:  train and work with new personnel and undergraduate lab assistants

Required Qualifications*

  • HS Diploma or Associates Degree in biological science or related health field. Bachelor's degree is preferred. 

  • 1 year or more experience as a laboratory assistant in biological science research laboratory

  • Experience with mouse colony management and genotyping

  • Must be detail-oriented, highly responsible with excellent organizational and communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a research team, and assist in teaching and supervision

  •  Demonstrated experience with computer skills for database management

  • Knowledge of solution preparation and operation of basic research laboratory equipment (micropipets, centrifuges, balance, pH meter)

  • Desire to learn, enthusiasm and supportive references

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with insulin and glucose tolerance tests

  • Experience using Softmouse database.

  • Experience with cell culture and western blotting

  • Experience with microscopy

Work Schedule

M-F days with some nights and weekends

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.