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About the LSI:

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), a comprehensive microbial biodiversity, fermentation and metabolite analytics facility (Natural Products Discovery Core), a state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy facility, a BioNMR core and a Mass Spectrometry core. 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.

Job Summary

The Life Sciences Institute (LSI) of the University of Michigan has the following part-time (20 hours per week) position open in its Mass Spectrometry Core. The minimum salary listed is based on a full-time rate of $48,000.


    Duties generally include, but are not limited to, assisting with the routine operation and maintenance of the LC/MS (Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry), including three Agilent Mass Spectrometers, and an Agilent LC/CD (Liquid Chromatography/Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy) instrumentation. This position will function closely under a supervisor. The detailed job responsibilities are described below:

    • Prepare sample and solutions for the operation of HPLC (High-performance Liquid Chromatography) instrumentation; 
    • Check routine instrument performance on a daily basis during weekdays, replenish instrument solvents, organize instrument logbooks on operation and maintenance, order lab supplies and parts;
    • Assist in trouble-shooting and repair of the instrumentation. Communicate instrument issues with Agilent Technical Support team;
    • Conduct experiments on instruments, data analysis and data interpretation under supervision;
    • Assist in the lab safety and regulatory compliance working closely with Environment Health & Safety (EHS). Communicate with EHS to handle solvent waste disposal.

    Required Qualifications*

    Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biology/Chemical Engineering or related field;

    Basic laboratory training and skills in following protocols for sample/solution preparation and instrument operation;

    Reliable and attentive to details, team player, responsive to the daily priorities;

    Laboratory safety awareness;

    Interest in HPLC and LC/MS;

    Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of research users including undergraduate/graduate students/postdoc fellows/staff. 

    Desired Qualifications*

    Master’s degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biology/Chemical Engineering or related field;

    1-3 years of experience in HPLC, Mass Spectrometry and/or LC/MS;

    Experience with solvent waste disposal;

    Knowledge of laboratory safety requirements and regulatory compliance.

    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.  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.