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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 Department of Biological Chemistry is seeking a Research Lab Specialist Intermediate/Associate. Please note that this is a one year, term-limited position, but renewal is possible, pending funding. Also, this position may be filled at a lower classification, pending the qualifications of the applicant.


Design and conduct research  focused on mechanistic enzymology and rapid publications; expressing and purifying recombinant proteins; performing experiments in mechanistic enzymology.

Supervise, train and orient temporary lab staff, undergraduate and graduate student in equipment operation and laboratory techniques. Extensive knowledge of operation of lab equipment, including limitations and outcomes. Contribution to overall scientific efforts of the
laboratory by advising, consulting and assisting laboratory staff as needed.

Placement and management of lab stocks and reagents. Will be expected to provide lab management support in the form of routine laboratory maintenance (inventory-keeping, preparation of stocks and buffers, etc.), record keeping, and compliance with University of Michigan regulations. Execution of lab policies, ensuring compliance in lab safety and OSEH regulations.

Perform statistical analysis, literature searches, write-up results for publications and generate ideas for grant applications.

Required Qualifications*

A Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics or closely related field, with at least 4-5 years relevant research experience.  Experience in making buffers, the use of analytical instruments, the in-silico analysis of protein and gene sequences. A key requirement is an eagerness and ability to learn new skills. Meticulous attention to detail, accurate and thorough record-keeping, the ability to prioritize and manage time are crucial skills for this position.  Other requirements include excellent oral and written communication skills in English, effective judgment and problem solving and a willingness to work within a group. A successful candidate will be highly motivated, able to efficiently multi-task, and able to work independently and committed to academic biomedical research. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Desired Qualifications*

Master's Degree in Biochemical Sciences with at least 5 years’ experience. Experience in lab administration, lab management and student training is preferred.


Background Screening

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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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.