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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest and experience working in a research laboratory setting.

Job Summary

Opportunity to work with a global health infectious diseases research group on the transmission and epidemiologic features of influenza and SARS-CoV-2.  Specifically, for this project we will be looking at natural and vaccine-induced immunity to SARS-CoV-2.  There will also be opportunities to work on our study examining the transmission of influenza in urban households and the development of immunity to influenza in children.


General laboratory maintenance including including equipment and inventory supply lists.  Receive and ship samples.  Interact with other research groups and business entities outside of the University.

Conduct experiments under the direction of lab manager and faculty.  Duties include preparation of solutions and media, sample aliquoting, testing of human serum samples for SARS-CoV-2 or influenza antibodies.

Extraction of samples and molecular testing for respiratory viruses including influenza virus, RSV, and human metapnuemovirus.

Entering in laboratory results and performing periodic quality control checks of databases.  Work with group data manager to maintain a inventory database of samples.

Train students in the proper use and maintenance of equipment, and preparation of solutions, media, etc. 

Required Qualifications*

Minimum of a Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, Medical technology or closely related area with 1-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Applicant should have academic knowledge of Biological Sciences and the ability to apply that knowledge in a laboratory setting.  Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written).

Desired Qualifications*

Prior laboratory-based experience with serological techniques (ELISA, ELLA, PCR, or HAI) qPCR and/or viral culture is a plus.  Experience with relevant software, e.g. freezerworks, access, excel, and databases.

Additional Information

This is a term-limited appointment for one year with the potential for an extension depending upon available research funding.

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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Michigan Public Health is seeking a dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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