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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 in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Cardiac Surgery is seeking a Research Laboratory Technician Associate in the Westfall laboratory at the University of Michigan. The candidate will work closely with the principal investigator in a basic science laboratory. Primary responsibilities for this position are to maintain and test genetically engineered and wildtype rodents, utilize PCR to identify positive mice, and collect and analyze myocardial tissue samples. Individuals in this position also are expected to contribute to perform molecular biology, primary cell culture, and protein biochemistry studies.  This position is located at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).

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.


1. Responsible for breeding, maintenance and positive identification of genetically engineered and wildtype animal models. Individual also serves as health contact for animals and contact for animal-related core services.

2. Responsible for morphological, histological, and molecular biology analyses of tissue samples from animal models, and for the documentation and management of this acquired data.

3. Contributes to the isolation and culture of primary adult cardiac myocytes.

4. Contributes to work on protein expression, cell physiology and myofilament biophysics.

Required Qualifications*

This position requires an individual with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Physiology, or a closely related field, and at least 1 year of “bench” research experience. Applicants must be hard working, enthusiastic, highly motivated, and well organized. They should also be capable of following instructions, have the ability to work efficiently, and perform duties independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates must have quantitative analysis skills and 1 year of research experience in one or more of the following approaches: primary cell culture, molecular biology (DNA/RNA), histology, protein biochemistry (e.g. SDS-PAGE/Western analysis), and immunohistochemistry. Applicants are expected to be detail- and goal-oriented, with strong interpersonal and time management skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Research experience (1-3 years) with rodent animal models and molecular biology experience are highly desirable. In addition, experience with primary cardiac myocyte culture, and protein biochemistry is preferred.

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.

Contact Information

Contact: Margaret V Westfall, PhD Associate Professor Department of Cardiac Surgery University of Michigan 2800 Plymouth Road NCRC B26 351N Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Email:

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.