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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.


  • Prepare media, reagents supplies, and bacterial cultures for teaching laboratory activities of BIO 135, BIO 406, and BIO 438. 
  • Set up 15-20 laboratory sessions per week (lab sections generally meet twice per week) for BIO 135, BIO 406, and BIO 438. 
  • Maintenance of bacterial cultures (both active and non-active), including inventory, quality control and documentation
  • Preparation of bacterial cultures and media for BIO 113 and BIO 326
  • Monthly inspection and maintenance of safety equipment used in teaching laboratories
  • Collection and decontamination of biohazardous waste
  • Other tasks as assigned (for example, assisting with chemical inventory, equipment maintenance, etc.)


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field with experience in microbiology lab prep 
  • 1-3 years of experience in area of specialization
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Experience planning sequences of activities
  • Superior time management skills and the ability to switch between tasks quickly are required. 
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team are expectations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is needed. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • A thorough knowledge of laboratory safety guidelines, prior completion of autoclave training, biosafety training, and chemical safety training, and experience with routine maintenance of basic lab equipment is highly desired. 
  • Experience with scientific writing and creating and maintaining prep-organizational documents are also desired. 
  • A willingness to gain familiarity with the courses for which prep is done, by sitting in on lectures when possible. 

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 are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.