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Job Summary

The Department of Ophthalmology works on research related to the leading cause of blindness in the US, macular degeneration. The lab primarily focuses on experiments using primary cultures and iPS cultures of the layer of the retina most affected in this disease, the retinal pigment epithelium. We seek an enthusiastic individual (enthusiasm and long-term job commitment more important than experience per se) willing to learn a range of experimental techniques in the lab, and willing eventually to contribute ideas of their own.

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


  • Dissection of eyes and primary culture, requiring fine hand-eye microsurgical abilities
  • Induced pluripotent cell differentiation and culture
  • Cloning, purification, and transfection of DNA and siRNA into primary and iPS cells
  • Standard molecular biology and cell biology techniques, including confocal microscopy, qPCR, and Western blotting
  • Routine lab maintenance
  • Ability to learn new protocols depending on interest of the individual (aspects of the lab deal with metabolomics, lipidomics, RNASeq, and other large-scale data projects)
  • PI is willing to adjust research to fit particular interests of the individual, and mentee career development, however the mentee defines it, is a critical part of the PI's job for this position.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree and 1-3 years’ experience requirement 
  • Willing to work with a young investigator, willing to teach others, strives towards independence, curious, interested in building a positive lab environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree
  • An intended commitment to work in our lab for at least 2 years and ideally 5+
  • Experience in any of the responsibility areas detailed above
  • Computer coding experience
  • Able to read literature in order to aid in trouble-shooting experiments

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.