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Job Summary

Highly motivated individual sought for a study manager/research specialist position in a basic/translational research laboratory in the Department of Surgery. The candidate will work closely with the PI and senior technicians who manages a funded research effort that studies molecular and cellular mechanisms of adipose tissue biology with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapy for metabolic diseases including diabetes.


  • Perform molecular and cellular biology bench research applied to human and mouse tissue samples, including but not limited to 2D and 3D cell culture, QRTPCR, Western blotting, ELISA, microscopy, and gel electrophoresis. Some animal (mouse) research required, including mouse sacrifice, dissection, surgery.
  • Coordinate human tissue sample procurement, including processing, storage, and documentation of human tissue samples.
  • Manage IRB documentation for human subject enrollment and tissue processing.
  • Maintain accurate data logs, assist with reagent ordering, lab maintenance, and overall smooth functioning of laboratory.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or closely related field required.
  • 1-3 years of lab research experience required.
  • Experience with bench research desirable, especially human and murine cell culture, mouse handling/dissection, QRTPCR, ELISA, Western blotting, microscopy, desirable.  Experience with adipose tissue/adipocyte culture techniques and biologic assays highly desirable. Experience with IRB management and coordination of human tissue collection among clinicians and researchers desirable.
  • Applicant must be hard working, highly motivated, well organized, able to work with minimal supervision, with strong quantitative skills, an ability to work efficiently, follow instructions, and maintain a reliable work schedule. Flexibility in work hours is required, including some early AM/late PM/evening/weekend work.
  • Applicant must have excellent oral and written English communication skills, effective judgment and problem solving skills, an ability to work as a team member with a wide variety of co-workers, efficient multi-tasking skills, and meticulous attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 2-5 years of experience preferred

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.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.