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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.

Job Summary

Dedicated and hard-working research assistant/animal technician sought to help with biomedical research aimed at understanding 1)The role of stem cells in skin/hair follicle development and wound healing, and 2)The molecular basis of skin cancer associated with reactivation of embryonic signaling pathways. This individual will play a primary role assisting with research using various mouse models, will help with the day-to-day operations needed to run an active research lab, and will also participate directly in experimental studies. This individual will be an integral part of a newly established lab, so outstanding communication skills, careful attention to detail, and exceptional organizational skills are essential. This is an entry level position.


Breeding and maintaining multiple transgenic mouse lines. Skin sampling, DNA isolation, and PCR-based genotyping to identify transgenic mice. Mouse monitoring for tumor development and other endpoints. Harvesting mouse organs and tumors for analysis. Cutting sections from paraffin-embedded or frozen tissue. Maintaining and replenishing various lab stock items. Preparation of shipments for collaborators. Detailed record keeping. Ability and willingness to occasionally work after hours, if needed. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence analysis of tissue sections. RNA isolation and analysis (R-PCR, real-time PCR). Protein extraction, electrophoresis, and western blotting. primary cell culture (mouse epidermal cells and fibroblasts). Cryopreservation and recovery of cell lines.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree. Familiarity with basic lab techniques and principles related to molecular and/or cell biology. Basic lab skills; good organization; meticulousness and high work ethic. Outstanding communication skills. 

Desired Qualifications*

One year of experience in a biology lab setting.  Two year commitment to the position. 

Work Locations

Rogel Cancer Ctr

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.