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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

A research laboratory technician position is available in the laboratories of Dr. Peng Li and Dr. Wenjing Wang at the Life Sciences Institute. We are looking for someone with a background in molecular biology and neurobiology to apply novel chemical tools in in vivo mouse model. This position will report directly to Dr. Li and Dr. Wang.

Mission Statement:

Our mission at the Life Sciences Institute is to advance the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health.

For more information on the Life Sciences Institute:

For more information on the Li and Wang laboratories:




  • Participate or lead an independent research project to apply novel chemical tools in mouse model;
  • Perform stereotactic surgeries and behavioral assays (e.g. breathing tracing) on mice;
  • Conduct immunofluorescence and confocal imaging;
  • Assist and perform molecular cloning and neuronal cell culture.

Required Qualifications*

  • High School Diploma or Associate's degree
  • Minimum of six months of research laboratory experience
  • Minimum of six months experience in mouse handling
  • Minimum of six months experience in basic molecular biology (e.g., DNA gel electrophoresis and DNA purification)
  • Minimum of two-year commitment 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree (or expected graduate) in Biology or related majors (e.g., Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry)
  • Minimum of six months experience in the following:
    • Rodent surgeries (e.g., stereotaxic injection)
    • Molecular cloning
    • Rodent behavioral essays
    • Mouse perfusion and tissue harvest
    • Cell culture
    • Cryosectioning
    • Immunofluorescence
    • Confocal imaging

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions
  • Dental, Vision and Legal Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

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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.