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Job Summary

The Department of Radiation Oncology is seeking a Research Lab Specialist in a growing lab that publishes high-level papers and has strong collaborations throughout the University.


The position would involve carrying out eukaryotic cell culture and biological experiments independently but under the direction of a senior research scientist.  The experiments will be in the field of cell biology, such as measuring cell proliferation rates (cell counting or live cell density monitoring), cell death (apoptosis by flow cytometry, nuclear condensation by microscopy, clonogenic survival, etc.), or immunofluorescence.  Cell culture will include both standard cell propagation and expansion, as well as advanced techniques including plasmid or siRNA transfection, lentivirus infection, invasion/migration assays, and clonogenic survival assays.  Additionally, molecular biology techniques including cloning, Crispr/Cas9 experience, and insertional mutagenesis are required. The employee will have responsibility for maintaining cell cultures and carrying out experiments as directed.  The position will also require the use of an orthovoltage radiation machine for in vivo and in vitro radiation experiments.  Additionally, the researcher will be responsible for assisting with the ongoing animal experiments and previous mouse work experience is preferred.  Data analysis will be performed by the technician with appropriate supervision of the senior research scientist and the principle investigator.  It is expected that this position will lead to co-authorship on laboratory publications. The employee will also be responsible for cell culture maintenance tasks including water bath and cell culture incubator maintenance, supply re-stocking, and lab tidiness. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1- 3 years of related experience
  • Working knowledge of biomedical research and cell culture OR similar biological experiments with previous lab experience.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree
  • More extensive lab experience including cell culture and similar experiments described above
  • Previous experience in a research laboratory are needed.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.