Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

Job Summary

The Michigan Center for Translational Pathology is looking for a Research Laboratory Technician to perform several duties related to cancer biology experiments in mice and zebrafish. 

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.


  • Maintenance of a transgenic mouse colony
  • Tumor xenografting via subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, renal capsule, and orthotopic placement. 
  • Tumor growth monitoring by direct measurement or imaging. 
  • Pre-operative preparation and performance of aseptic surgery, including orchiectomy, tumor implantation and tumor resection. 
  • Administration of therapeutic drugs via subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, oral gavage and intravenous delivery. 
  • Mouse necropsy/ tissue sample collection
  • Processing, paraffin embedding and sectioning of histological samples

The position also includes bench work encompassing cell culture (in xenograft preparation) and PCR (for genotyping). Detailed record keeping—including maintaining a weekly animal inventory, breeding/ genotype data, and experimental procedure logs—is important as well. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with specialization in cell biology or a related field
  • A minimum of one year of experience
  • Ability to function independently as well as a team member in a team setting
  • Experience in cell culture, DNA/RNA/protein isolation, PCR genotyping, qPCR, Western blotting
  • Animal experience mandatory; must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts, and bedding materials.
  • Willing to perform some tasks associated with zebrafish colony maintenance (no prior zebrafish experience necessary)
  • Willing to have some schedule flexibility (and occasionally work on weekends)

Work Schedule

M-F, 8:00 - 5:00

Work Locations

Rogel Cancer Center

Additional Information

MCTP employs genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic approaches on clinical biospecimens to identify novel cancer biomarkers and therapeutic targets.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate the discovery, validation, and implementation of candidate target genes/proteins in cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy.  The Center employs a multi-disciplinary approach, engaging talent from diverse disciplines ranging from medicine, pathology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, engineering, cytogenetics, and molecular therapeutics.

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.