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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 skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Please also include your CV and list of references as part of your application package. 

Job Summary

The Wei Cheng laboratory at the College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is seeking a qualified candidate to join our team.  The Cheng lab is interested in fundamental scientific questions relevant to the design of vaccines.  We seek a detail-oriented and dedicated individual to participate in our NIH funded research on B cell biology. 

The initial appointment will be part time (20 hours per week) with full package of benefits available from the university.  Most duties and tasks are standardized but require dedication, precision and consistency.  Upon demonstration of excellence and consistency in accomplishing duties and tasks as expected, this post has the possibility to become a full-time position, and advance into a lab manager in the future. 

The candidate will work under direct supervision, and perform both lab specific tasks and general lab activities required for research.  Examples of lab specific tasks include mouse immunization, collection of mouse blood, ELISA, operation of FPLC, purification of recombinant proteins, preparation and characterization of nanoparticles for mouse immunization.  General lab duties include autoclaving, lab supply ordering/receiving, coordination of lab safety inspection, preparation of common solutions, gels and buffers, cleaning and maintenance of common labware and equipment.  The candidate is expected to write lab reports for his/her work using electronic notebook.  Prior animal experience is preferred but not required.


  • Lab specific animal experiments: examples include mouse immunization, collection of blood and ELISA.

  • Lab specific biochemical and biophysical experiments: examples include operation of FPLC, purification of recombinant proteins, preparation of liposomes, characterization of liposomal nanoparticles using both gel methods and analytical instruments.

  • General lab duties: (1) autoclave, this will include media, pipette tip, test tubes and biological waste (2) lab supply ordering, receiving and organizing (3) lab waste management, lab safety related monitoring, and coordination of lab safety inspection (4) preparation of common solutions, gels and buffers (5) cleaning and maintenance of common labware (6) maintenance of tissue culture cabinet, CO2 incubator and compressed gas tank supplies (7)other general lab duties not listed but may be assigned by the lab director.

Required Qualifications*

  • Preferred bachelor degree in chemistry, biology or related fields 

  • Experience with animals is preferred but nor required

  • Able to conduct experiments as directed with high precision and consistency (after training)

  • Able to write and compile experimental reports using electronic notebook (after training)

Desired Qualifications*

  • A dedicated individual who can execute experimental tasks as directed with high precision and consistency, reasonable prior experience, and high ethical standards

Additional Information

  • Part-Time position

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.