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Job Summary

The Barmada laboratory is looking for a research assistant skilled in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques.  The overarching goals of the laboratory are to (1) determine how and why neurons die in the neurodegenerative diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia, and (2) identify therapeutic strategies that can block neuronal dysfunction and cell death in these conditions. Specifically, the successful candidate will work alongside Dr. Barmada and existing lab members to design, perform, and interpret experiments focused on a novel protein isoform discovered in recent studies emerging from the laboratory. 

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


Laboratory Maintenance

Conduct experiments

Analyze data

Train users in equipment operation and standard techniques

Participate in periodic research discussions

Present data and plans for new experiments

Collaborate with colleagues to achieve short and long range plans

Help assemble manuscripts, chapters and research abstracts

Required Qualifications*

Requirements include a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, including molecular biology, biochemistry or a related discipline. 1-2 years of experience.

The successful candidate will also have experience with basic techniques in biomedical research, including but are not limited to recombinant DNA cloning, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, quantitative real-time PCR, sequencing, primer design and mutagenesis using PCR, fluorescence microscopy, and tissue culturing.

Desired Qualifications*

Familiarity with mammalian and primary cell culture, as well as the operation of advanced microscopy techniques, are highly advantageous. Candidates will be expected to actively take part in collaborations. Applicants should be reliable and able to work congenially alongside a group of equally hard-working scientists.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.