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Job Summary

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor) seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Research Laboratory Technician Intermediate or Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Duncan ( The technician will join a diverse workplace and will assist in an ongoing project on the biological and molecular mechanisms of membrane traffic in stem cells and model organisms. This is a great opportunity to learn new lab skills at the bench and develop as an independent scientist.

New or soon-to-be graduates are encouraged to apply. A two-year commitment is preferred.

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


The technician will be responsible for basic molecular biology (e.g. PCR, DNA subcloning), yeast genetics, biochemical cell fractionation and microscopy. Additional lab responsibilities include hazardous waste disposal, cleaning and sterilization of glassware, preparation of common lab reagents and solutions, organization and maintenance of lab databases, ordering, and data entry. 

Required Qualifications*

Research Lab Tech Associate: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 0-1 year experience is required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Research Lab Tech Intermediate: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 1-3 years experience is required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

The candidate should have good organizational, time management skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Importantly, some form of job experience (even if it is in a non-related field such as retail), a good grasp of basic cell biology, biochemistry or genetics concepts, and the ability to manage the pressures of the job are essential.

Desired Qualifications*

A B.S. or B.A. degree in a related field or relevant experience. Tissue culture and/or microscopy experience is desired.

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.