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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.


The successful candidate is required to function as a research specialist in a nephrology research laboratory. The successful candidate is expected to work independently or with minimal supervision and to carry out the following duties:    

  • Conduct in vivo and in vitro experiments, collect and process samples, collect and analyze data, and develop new and/or specialized research methodologies. 
  • Manage a transgenic mouse colony including breeding new strains.
  • Oversee general lab and equipment maintenance, supplies, inventory, and organization. 
  • Assist in the supervision and training of junior scientists (temp employees, students, junior technicians, and/or postdoctoral fellows) in routine lab techniques and lab safety.
  • Disseminate information to laboratory staff through presentations and assist with abstract, manuscript, grant, and budget preparation. 
  • Keep neat, detailed records, experimental procedure logs, mouse colony logs and protocols.
  • Prepare and update regulatory protocols and revisions (i.e. animal/IRB/IBC protocols, IACUC, EHS, etc).

Required Qualifications*

Bachelors’s degree or higher in a biological science or related field with at least 2 years of relevant experience in a research laboratory.

  • Associate Level:       2-3 years in a research laboratory with relevant experience.
  • Intermediate Level:   >4 years of experience in a research laboratory with relevant experience.

Must have experience with basic molecular and cellular biology techniques and tools including: isolation of DNA, RNA, and protein from tissue and cultured samples, PCR, Western blot, immunostaining of tissue sections and cell preparations, cell culture.

Must be detail-oriented, highly responsible, and possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills.

Must be willing to learn new techniques and troubleshoot new protocols.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively within the broader research group.

Ability to organize and analyze experimental data using software such as Microsoft Excel and Graphpad Prism and prepare publication quality figures.

Physical requirements:

Ability to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction; finger dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm; ability to see and hear within normal parameters, lift, carry, move supplies, computers, glassware, etc. ability to move about workspace, ability to perform delicate microdissection and microsurgeries.

Mouse experience is mandatory. Must be able to handle rodents and comfortably perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts, and bedding materials.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s or PhD in biological sciences with 4-5 years of demonstrated research experience through publications strongly preferred. 

The following skills are strongly desired for this position:

  • Microscopy, including immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, and image analysis in FIJI
  • Flow cytometry, FACS
  • Microdissection/microsurgical skills

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.