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Job Summary

The Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine is seeking a Research Technician Associate within the first two years of receiving their B.S. or M.S. degree to assist in experimental laboratory research work under the direct supervision of a faculty member in research projects related to inflammation and cancer of the hepatobiliary system with a focus on the biliary tract.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Responsibilities*

Major duties:

1. Maintain transgenic and mutant mouse colony 

2. Train and supervise part-time undergraduate research assistants 

3. Maintain lab supplies and stocks 

4. Oversight of IACUC and OSEH standards for the laboratory 

5. Provide general research support to assist laboratory researchers with experiments on an as-needed basis including: animal surgeries with tissue dissections; cardiac puncture; human and animal tissue fixation and sectioning; Immunohistochemical staining of tissue sections; digital microscopy; gene expression by qRT-PCR; performing RNA/DNA isolation, flow cytometry, and Western blot; cell culture and gene transfer experiments 

6. Analyze data and prepare reports using microscopy, molecular biology techniques, Microsoft office. GraphPad, and Photoshop programs. Contribute to the group scholarly work via visual and written data presentation 


The techniques routinely employed in the lab include generating and maintaining tissue cultures, histology, qRT-PCR, mouse genetics. The applicant is required to be familiar with these techniques as documented by direct experience or indirectly through training in a lab that employed these methods. The applicant would be expected to demonstrate proficiency in these techniques within the first 4 months of hire. The candidate will work both independently and in a team environment on collection of data and analysis of research results, and should have exquisite record-keeping and communication skills. To enhance the education experience, the employee will have an opportunity to participate in the weekly lab meetings and didactic sessions.

Required Qualifications*

A degree in biology or related health science field (Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of experience) and demonstrated ability to execute the duties described is required. Basic laboratory techniques and experience with management of animal colony are required. Basic computing skills including knowledge of Excel and Word programs for database management and record keeping are required. The candidate must be willing to work with laboratory tissue samples including handling and surgical manipulations. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment is essential.

Desired Qualifications*

Master's degree would be highly desirable. Working with human live tissue, biopsy samples, histological sample preparation, RNA/DNA isolation, qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, GraphPad, and Photoshop techniques are considered a plus. 

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.