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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 your skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  The contact information of 3 work-related references is also required.

Job Summary

Our laboratory in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic research technician to study aspects of flavivirus infection, specifically dengue virus (DENV) and Zika virus (ZIKV). Both viruses are significant threats to human health globally.  DENV is the most common human arboviral infection worldwide, causing an estimated 390 million acute infections, 500,000 hospitalizations, and 25,000 deaths each year. Like DENV, ZIKV has spread rapidly across the Americas, Africa, and Asia. My laboratory is interested in the cell biology of infection by these viruses. Specifically, we are trying to understand how these viruses hijack cells for infection and in turn, how we can interrupt viral infection by targeting this process.


• Designs and conducts independent research experiments.
• Collects, records, analyzes, and interprets research data
• Identifies potential problems and recommends solutions to improve experimental quality.
• Implements new research methods and equipment.
• Collaborates with research personnel within and with other laboratories on research projects.
• Contributes to manuscripts for publication with the opportunity for coauthorship if appropriate

• Organizes laboratory inventories (e.g. plasmids, cell lines, antibodies, viral stocks)
• Keeps track of commonly used items and ordering supplies for the laboratory
• Maintains overall laboratory organization and cleanliness.
• Trains, supervises, and mentors undergraduate laboratory personnel. 
• Writes, revises, and implements standard operating procedures for laboratory equipment, chemicals and research protocols.


Required Qualifications*

 Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience in basic science research with experimental design, data interpretation, and presentation
• Specific experience in cell culture, molecular biology (DNA subcloning, PCR, qRT-PCR), and basic protein methods (immunoprecipitation, SDS-PAGE, immunoblotting)
• Organized and attentive to detail
• Able to work independently and with others as the situation requires
• Good oral and written English skills


Desired Qualifications*

Specific experience in the following are desirable but not strictly necessary:
• Microscopy (immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy)
• Protein expression in cultured cells by transient transfection and lentiviral transduction
• Virology (virus culture and titration)


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.