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Please provide a cover letter that includes at least three references when applying for this position, which should be attached as the first page of your resume. This 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 (CDB) at the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor) seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Research Laboratory Technician(at the Senior, Intermediate, or Associate level), commensurate with experience. The desired candidate would work under the guidance of the PI and/or a postdoctoral fellow in a cell biology laboratory that studies cell signaling. This is a great opportunity to learn how to manage a research lab and acquire techniques and approaches in biomedical research as well as critical analytic skills, and to contribute toward original research.

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


The successful applicant will be responsible for general lab management, including ordering and organizing lab supplies and reagents, preparing shared lab solutions and reagents, disposing biomedical waste, sending lab glassware for cleaning, autoclaving, and maintaining a small colony of genetically modified mice, including the breeding and genotyping of these mice. The applicant will also generate new lab tools and reagents, conduct and troubleshoot experiments, and analyze and record the resultant data in order to contribute to the completion of project goals.

A two-year minimum commitment is strongly preferred.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants should have some relevant research experience. 
  • Applicants must be willing to work with genetically modified mice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills contributing to a strong team environment, are required.

Research Lab Tech Associate: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 0-1 year experience required. Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology/Biochemistry or related field preferred.

Research Lab Tech Intermediate: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 1-3 years experience required. Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology/Biochemistry or related field preferred.

Research Lab Tech Senior: Bachelor’s Degree in Cell Biology/Biochemistry and 1-2 years experience required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in working with genetically modified mice is highly desired.

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.