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Job Summary

About the Life Sciences Institute:

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at the University of Michigan, strategically located as a bridge between the medical campus and the central-campus schools and colleges. Our mission is to advance the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health.

The LSI’s world-class faculty members hold joint appointments at the LSI, where their labs are located, and a variety of schools and colleges across the university. They bring broad and diverse expertise — ranging from cell biology to medicine, from chemistry to structural biology. The institute’s philosophy is to provide our faculty and their teams with superior scientific tools and administrative support, allowing them to spend more time focused on what really matters — their research.

The institute’s administrative staff supports all aspects of unit operations including facilities, IT, human resources, finance, research administration, academic programs, communications and development.  

In addition to faculty labs, the LSI houses several core technology labs that support the research enterprise of the entire university, including a high-throughput screening center (Center for Chemical Genomics), a comprehensive cloning and macromolecular X-ray crystallography facility (Center for Structural Biology), and a state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility. The LSI also plays a key role in administering campus-wide programs like the U-M Program in Chemical Biology, Michigan Drug Discovery, and Michigan Life Sciences Fellows.

The LSI is committed to the principle that fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within the institute — and in the next generation of scientific leaders — is inseparable from our commitment to scientific excellence and achievement.


Position Summary:

Highly motivated individual sought for a position as a Research Technician in the Yamashita laboratory at the Life Sciences Institute of the University of Michigan. Research projects will involve cell biological investigation of stem cells and germ cells using Drosophila as a model system. Major techniques include Drosophila genetics, microscopy, and molecular biology.


Experimental duties will include but are not limited to:

Genetic analysis of Drosophila

Generation and analysis of transgenic animals

Polymerase chain reaction

Gel electrophoresis

Protein affinity purification

Molecular cloning

Non-experimental duties will include but are not limited to:

Ordering of supplies and reagents

Lab maintenance and organization

Basic lab reagents maintenance

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s of Science degree.

0-3 years of laboratory experience with basic molecular cloning, PCR and/or gel electrophoresis.

Minimum two-year commitment required.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with genetics model organisms (yeast, C. elegans, Drosophila etc).

Advanced experience in molecular cloning, PCR.

Basic biochemistry experience (protein affinity purification, immunoprecipitation etc).

Microscopy experience.

Although these qualifications are desired, our laboratory strives to train next generation scientists at all levels: those who are highly motivated and aspire to become scientists but have not gained laboratory experiences from undergraduate training (particularly due to financial reasons) are encouraged to apply. 

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.