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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor) seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Research Laboratory Technician Assoc or Intermediate in the laboratory of Dr. Dawen Cai (

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  Retirement Savings Opportunities


The candidate will be responsible for performing a broad range of complex laboratory and research related tasks, including animal handling, bench work, data analysis, literature search, and writing reports. Acts as a specialist on laboratory methods and equipment functions such as training new members to use microscopes, to conduct biochemistry and molecular cloning experiments, and to perform data analysis. Troubleshoots problems and recommends solutions. Additional responsibilities include lab management duties, such as ordering, acting as a lab liaison, and paperwork preparation.

Required Qualifications*

Research Lab Tech Intermediate: 

  • HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 1-3 years experience in lab research in Drosophila and/or mouse handling is required. Bachelor's Degree preferred. 

Research Lab Tech Associate:

  • HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 0-1 years experience in lab research in Drosophila and/or mouse handling is required. Bachelor's Degree preferred. 

The candidate should be highly motivated with thorough, methodological, and accurate work habits, and must be able to work and lead as part of a team. The ideal candidate has a strong ability to multi-task and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor's Degree

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.