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Job Summary

Dedicated and hard-working research assistant/animal technician sought to help with biomedical research aimed at understanding 1) The role of stem cells in skin/hair follicle development and wound healing, and 2) The molecular basis of skin cancer associated with reactivation of embryonic signaling pathways. This individual will play a primary role assisting with research using various mouse models, will help with the day-to-day operations needed to run an active research lab, and will also participate directly in experimental studies. This individual will be an integral part of a newly established lab, so outstanding communication skills, careful attention to detail, and exceptional organizational skills are essential. This is an entry level position.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System 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.

Responsibilities*

Breeding and maintaining multiple transgenic mouse lines. Skin sampling, DNA isolation, and PCR-based genotyping to identify transgenic mice. Mouse monitoring for tumor development and other endpoints. Harvesting mouse organs and tumors for analysis. Cutting sections from paraffin-embedded or frozen tissue. Maintaining and replenishing various lab stock items. Preparation of shipments for collaborators. Detailed record keeping. Ability and willingness to occasionally work after hours, if needed. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence analysis of tissue sections. RNA isolation and analysis (R-PCR, real-time PCR). Protein extraction, electrophoresis, and western blotting. primary cell culture (mouse epidermal cells and fibroblasts). Cryopreservation and recovery of cell lines.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree. Familiarity with basic lab techniques and principles related to molecular and/or cell biology. Basic lab skills; good organization; meticulousness and high work ethic. Outstanding communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

One year of experience in a biology lab setting.  Two-year commitment to the position.

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.