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Job Summary

We are seeking a full-time Research Laboratory Technician within the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, organized, and capable of working independently in a competitive research laboratory setting. This position will provide an exciting opportunity for the candidate to train and work in the areas of immunology & cancer. The candidate will be expected to learn and implement new approaches to assess T cell function using mouse and cell culture models. Other duties will include laboratory & mouse colony maintenance.

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.


  • Carrying out ex vivo T cell assays (proliferation, cytokine production, cell-mediated cytotoxicity, and others)
  • Assessing signaling pathways in T cells (e.g., protein phosphorylation)
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Isolating primary immune cells from mice
  • Culturing primary cells and cell lines for experiments
  • Maintaining lab supplies and ordering
  • Assisting with maintenance of a mouse colony
  • Maintaining a scientific notebook

Required Qualifications*

Associate level:

  • Associate’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline
  • Exposure to a research laboratory setting

Intermediate level:

  • Associate’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 1 year of laboratory research experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience working with mice (e.g., handling, isolating tissues etc)

Senior level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 2 years of laboratory research experience
  • Experience working with mice and maintaining a mouse colony

All levels:

  • Ability to analyze data and communicate findings
  • Capacity to work independently, manage time proficiently, and motivation to learn new techniques

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a biomedically relevant field such as Immunology, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline is preferred
  • Mammalian cell culture experience
  • Experience with immunofluorescence or flow cytometery
  • Experience with molecular / cellular approaches (DNA isolation, Western blot etc)

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.