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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 in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at The University of Michigan Health System is seeking a highly motivated individual with exceptional organizational skills and a strong scientific approach to fill our open Research Technician position. The position is ideal for a recent or soon-to-be graduate looking to expand their knowledge before applying to med or grad school. The overall goal of this laboratory is to create a repository of patient-derived colonic tissues in 3D culture, and provide the broader research community with access to these diverse tissues. These colonoid cultures span the continuum of normal and disease states, including IBD and cancer progression. The candidate will enable cutting edge research projects and technologies in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment across the University of Michigan research and clinical community.

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


The main responsibilities will include but not be limited to: 3D cell culture of colonic tissues as organoids (65%), confocal microscopy, immunohistochemistry, DNA/RNA isolation, and PCR analysis (5%). The candidate will maintain detailed records of laboratory procedures and actively participate in project planning (10%). The candidate will use their scientific skills, biological knowledge and creativity to develop and apply cutting edge techniques to develop complex tissue culture models (10%). Once fully operational, one important function will be to train personnel from other collaborative laboratories and institutions in advanced tissue culture techniques (5%). The candidate will have the opportunity to assist (co-author) in the preparation of research papers and meeting presentations (5%).

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in the life sciences.
  • At least 1 year of experience (either during or after degree completion).
  • Excellent references of recommendation.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently on multiple tasks and projects, and develop solutions to basic technical problems.
  • Applicant must be detail-orientated, and be able to maintain highly organized system of laboratory materials, procedures and records.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills and execute collaboratively-developed ideas in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have a strong desire to stay abreast of new developments in the field, and implement novel tissue culture models as they emerge.
  • Minimum 2 year commitment with flexibility to work some weekend time.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Publication record (peer review manuscripts, meeting abstracts).

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.