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Job Summary

A laboratory in the Division of Rheumatology is seeking a full-time technician to participate in translational studies of innate immune function in autoimmune and thrombotic diseases, including lupus, systemic vasculitis, and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS).  The laboratory uses cutting-edge methods to phenotype patient cells, while leveraging novel animal models for the assessment of potential therapeutic targets.  All of this work is with the goal of identifying more personalized approaches to the treatment of our patients.


Assist senior laboratory personnel with ongoing projects, utilizing techniques such as ELISA, live-cell immunofluorescence microscopy, intravital microscopy, imaging flow cytometry, western blotting, and quantitative PCR.  Perform cell and plasma isolation, store samples, and keep meticulous inventories.  Troubleshoot problems as they arise, and suggest ways to streamline and improve existing protocols.  Past experience suggests that highly-motivated technicians can also work on their own project in parallel to their partnership with senior lab personnel.

Required Qualifications*

Desire and ability to work with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, students, and professional scientists.  Bachelor's degree in a scientific field, and 1-2 years of research laboratory experience.  Proficiency with standard software such as Microsoft Excel and GraphPad Prism, and strong writing and communication skills.  Motivation to publish results.  Professional demeanor and strong interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience handling and genotyping mice.  Experience with in vitro cell culture.  Experience with ELISA and other plate-based assays.

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.