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Job Summary

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work as a full-time (40 hours per week) temporary research assistant in a molecular genetics laboratory located in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan. Focus of the laboratory research includes investigating the neural and genetic mechanisms of behavior using both C. elegans and mouse models. Research involve molecular genetic, behavioral, functional imaging, genomic, and cell biological methods. 


Experimental responsibilities include the following:

  • You will conduct research experiments, including behavior assays, neuronal imaging, molecular cloning, cell culture, Western analysis, performing genetic crosses, generating transgenic and knockout strains, and conducting genetic screens
  • You will assist other lab members on experiments
  • You will prepare media/supplies


Non-experimental responsibilities include the following:

  • You will maintain lab resources and ordering supplies

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Undergraduate courses and experience in biology and general chemistry

Ability to work well in an interactive scientific environment

Desired Qualifications*

Minimum 6 months experience with cell culture, western blots, C. elegans

Additional Information

This position qualifies for health insurance and prescription drug coverage provided through the Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) provision of the Affordable Care Act.  For more information:

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.