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Job Summary

The Rouf Lab in the Internal Medicine Department, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Michigan Medicine is looking to hire a highly motivated and dedicated Research Laboratory Technician. The Rouf Lab studies the role of sex on nonmyocyte signaling pathways in the heart which are important for normal cardiac function, heart failure, and valvular heart disease.

The candidate’s role will be to assist a senior research technician or specialist in performing molecular biology experiments and help manage the various mouse colonies. This is an entry level position, with a temporary term of 6-12 months, with the possibility of extension. The laboratory director is an advanced heart failure physician-scientist with extensive training in molecular biology and engineering techniques.  Additional responsibilities may include minimal work with DNA isolation from human blood, protein analyses, and training of undergraduate students. Applicants would ideally have a strong interest in basic/translational research and possess exceptional organizational skills and sharp attention to details.

This position offers the benefits of an independent spacious location at the North Campus Research Complex which has an on-site gym and childcare. Lab personnel will meet with the PI weekly which provides opportunities for further discussion about many scientific topics, including heritable cardiomyopathy, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and strategies to elucidate the biological basis of sex differences in these cardiovascular diseases.

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.


  • Experiments may include: standard molecular biology techniques including cell culture, ICC, IHC, protein isolation, running of Westerns, DNA/RNA isolations, PCR, and qPCR. 
  • Mouse colony management includes: tagging mice and ear-clipping for genotyping; genotyping mice using PCR; assist in maintaining the breeding colonies; updating the detailed database of mouse lines.
  • General lab management will include: keeping detailed and accurate record of your experiments and updating all databases.
  • Assist with regulatory aspects of lab-IACUC, EHS.

Required Qualifications*

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biological science or related health field with 1-2 years relevant experience in a research laboratory.

Physical Requirements

  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction; finger dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm. Communication skills using the spoken word; Ability to see and hear within normal parameters; lift, carry, move supplies, computers, glassware, etc. Ability to move about workspace.


  • Willingness and comfort in working with mice is mandatory. Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts, and bedding materials.
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills, take responsibility and meet deadlines.
  • Must be detail-oriented and possess excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a research team.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous experience with molecular biology techniques, cell culture, and mouse handling is highly desired.

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.


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