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Job Summary

The John Varga Laboratory at the University of Michigan is recruiting a post-doctoral fellow position. The Varga lab is focused on mechanisms underlying fibrosis progression and novel therapeutic approaches. Our goal is that trainees and staff develop both critical, independent thinking skills and proficiency with a variety of state of the art techniques. Good oral and written communication skills and willingness to work in a team environment are essential for this position. Experience with fibrosis research and a background in basic bioinformatics is preferred.

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.

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


Molecular Biology:
• DNA, RNA, Protein isolation, purification and expression 
• Western blottin
• Plasmid preparation
• Recombinant virus production and purification

Cellular Biology:
• Cell culture, cell isolation
• Transfection

• Immunohistochemistry 
• Microscopy Fluorescence microscopy (confocal) and bright field microscopy 
• Flow cytometry

• Prior training in handling animals and rodent animal models (e.g., handling transgenic) is desired
• Dissections
• Blood collection
• Surgical procedures

Required Qualifications*

The position is intended for highly-motivated individuals with Ph.D. with expertise in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, epigenetics, in vivo/ex vivo work, and statistical analysis.

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.