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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 laboratory of Jun Wu, at the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, is looking for a research laboratory technician. Projects aim to identify targets that can be exploited therapeutically for the treatment of (1) obesity and associated metabolic disorders, through regulating adaptive thermogenesis in brown and beige adipocytes and (2) alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases. The applicant will help assist with defined research projects under the guidance of a team of senior lab members. You will focus on mouse related work and molecular genetic techniques and will report directly to Dr. Wu.

Mission Statement:

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

For more information on the Life Sciences Institute:

For more information on the Wu laboratory:


You Will:

  • Handle small mammals (breeding and genotyping mouse colonies and transgenic lines)
  • Candidate may also be involved in animal experiments including mouse metabolic analyses, and harvesting of tissues
  • Compliance with University of Michigan safety and animal care regulations
  • Perform standard molecular biology experiments including DNA and RNA isolations, gel electrophoresis, PCR, and qPCR
  • Analyze and process laboratory samples
  • Mammalian cell culture
  • Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques
  • Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, toxic material, and carcinogens)
  • Maintain written records of experimental results
  • Prepare reagents
  • Order of supplies and reagents

Required Qualifications*

  • High School Diploma or Associate's degree
  • 1 year of laboratory research experience
  • Prior experience designing experiments and analyzing and presenting data
  • Willing to work with mice as a model system

Desired Qualifications*

  • BS in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 1 year of Mouse breeding and colony management experience
  • Minimum of 1 year of DNA preparation and PCR experience
  • Minimum of 1 year of mouse metabolic research experience

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.  Minimum salary at the Associate level is $30,500.

Additional Information

Benefits at the University of Michigan

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:

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Dental, Vision and Legal Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.