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Candidates can apply by uploading a short cover letter as the first page of the CV with contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found – while start date is flexible, the target hiring date would be January or February 2019.

Job Summary

A full-time technician position is available in the Baucom lab in the EEB Dept at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. General research in the laboratory addresses plant adaptation to environmental stresses. Duties will include working at the University’s main campus, in the nearby greenhouses, at nearby field sites, and will include travel for field experiments.

NOTE: This is a one (1) year term limited appointment with a start date of approximately Jan 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.


Carry out large growth chamber, greenhouse and field studies (40%) – develop and implement greenhouse experiments to monitor plant adaptation to environmental stress. Monitor and maintain the health and welfare of the lab’s Ipomoea lines within the greenhouse. Includes general upkeep of plants in the greenhouse and maintenance of crossing records. Adhere to all University of Michigan policies and procedures for laboratory/greenhouse research.

General lab maintenance (10%) - Clean and maintain equipment. Act as the primary resource for lab safety management. Oversee undergraduate in basic lab maintenance tasks and lab safety. Responsible for ordering research and laboratory supplies.

Field experiments (40%) – Perform field experiments, most likely at field sites in the southern US during the summer, 2019. Maintain databases of lab Ipomoea seed collections, chemicals, and supplies ordered. Potential trips to collect weed seeds from the field in the fall.

Mentor 1-2 undergraduate students (10%)

Required Qualifications*

Associate's degree in biology, genetics, horticulture or plant sciences with 1-2 years of previous experience performing independent research, the ability to work well in a group environment, and the willingness to mentor undergraduates.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with basic molecular techniques such as DNA isolation and PCR is desired.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Additional Information

Please note that this is a 12 month term limited position.

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.