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Job Summary

This is a position in a laboratory that studies bacterial metabolism and its role in virulence. The preferred applicant will work collaboratively, and also with some measure of independence.


A Research Lab Specialist Associate position is available immediately to investigate the role of Listeria monocytogenes genes regulating branched chain fatty acid synthesis in controlling virulence. Research will involve molecular techniques, experiments with primary murine cells and cell lines, and in vivo experiments in mice.

Essential duties include, but are not limited to: Perform experiments employing mouse models of infection. Standard laboratory techniques including cell culture, isolation and preparation of protein and DNA/RNA, Western blotting, ELISA, quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR, immunofluorescence, cloning, transfections. Acquisition of unique technical expertise including Seahorse assay and assessments of metabolic function.

General laboratory duties including reagent preparation, keeping laboratory notebook and records, as needed, laboratory chores like autoclaving and dishwashing.

Generation of scientific hypotheses, review and evaluation of literature, design experiments, data interpretation and preparation of figures, some assistance with scientific writing and manuscript preparation Participation in biweekly laboratory meetings.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years experience in a directly related field.  Master's degree preferred.  The candidate should be highly motivated, disciplined, scientifically rigorous and reliable. Good communication skills are essential, as are working collaboratively with other laboratory personnel. Outstanding organizational skills and record keeping is essential.

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.