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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 John Varga Laboratory at the University of Michigan is recruiting a research associate 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 the position.

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


• Plans, organizes and conducts research both basic science and clinical fields. The research associate participates in design and execution of research lab and lab-related clinical projects. 

• Conducts experimental tests and procedures and processes and analyzes data. 

• Reviews and revises existing research methodologies and may develop new methodologies.

• Writing the experimental reports, and draw figures and graphs suitable for publication.

• Work on human and mouse related protocols, revise and recommends changes to processes, procedures and techniques to improve quality and validity of results based upon overall project objectives.

• Using statistical software to analyze the data.

• Trains and directs other lab members and/or students in research techniques and procedures.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

The positions are intended for highly-motivated individuals with successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in cell/molecular biology or related field; 3 or more years of lab/bench or other relevant experience required.


Desired Qualifications*

 Experience with fibrosis research and a background in basic bioinformatics is preferred.

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.