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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

Multifaceted research experience in the area metabolism and diabetes research.We work with new techniques to improve blood glucose control towards a cure for diabetes mellitus. The laboratory uses mouse and cell-based models to study the function of insulin producing cells. We are seeking to establish cell- and animal-based functional assays of insulin-producing cells. 

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


Executing tasks under direction as well as independently, assisting research staff, interacting with staff from other laboratories and simple training of new research staff and students, as necessary. 

The work will require learning and establishing mouse islet isolation and culture procedures and establishing functional assays with isolated mouse islets (cells that make hormones). Analysis of the data generated from these assays. This work requires technical skills and aptitude to work with small devices and learning simple computer software.

Executing research laboratory tasks, keeping records of the work performed, analyzing data and generating graphical representation of the data. 

The work will lnclude maintaining the mouse colony, including breeding, tagging, tailing, and genotyping.  Prepare and oversee stocks of general-use solutions for the laboratory.  Assist other lab members in large complex experiments. 

Some sample processing and data collection and management.  Maintain laboratory documentation for experimental analysis. Help to oversee and maintain condition and cleanliness of the lab, including instrument maintenance- Coordinate service when necessary.

Required Qualifications*

The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years experience in research laboratory work. Candidates should be experienced with celluar molecular biology techniques (PCR, Western-immunoblot, gel imaging - preferred) and be comfortable working with mice, cell culture systems and microscopy.

Superior organizational, time-management and multitasking skills are required as well as proficiency in using standard computer software (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker, Prism GraphPad).

Desired Qualifications*

A keen interest in using modern technology and willing to learn to work with new technical devices are highly desirable. Technical skills related to the use of modern laboratory equipment (microscopes, plate readers etc) will be an asset.

Work Schedule

The position is a full time position (8 hours starting at approximately 8:30 am/9am). But biological research requires flexibility in hours; and extra work hours as required by the particular work/experiments. Occasional work may be necessary on weekends.  

Additional Information

This is a one- year term limited position with the possibility of extension. Extension will be based on the availability of funding and performance.

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.