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How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, a full CV, and contact information for three academic references.  Informal inquiries may be made to: Maria G. Castro ( or Pedro R. Lowenstein ( 

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 Technician position is available in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School. The goal of our research program is to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in brain tumor formation, and the role of specific signaling pathways and stem cells in tumor progression and resistance to therapies. The project also involves cancer cell genome-editing technologies, epigenetics, whole cancer genome sequencing, bioinformatics analysis and DNA repair mechanisms. This project has a strong translational component to develop and implement novel therapeutic strategies in human clinical trials for brain cancer. 

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.


The Research Technician will perform complex experimental procedures in one or more areas of work under the supervision of the Principal Investigators and/or higher-level research staff. They will also be required to perform complex statistical calculations and data analysis, prepare PowerPoint presentations and figures for manuscripts, perform library research on specified topics and prepare bibliographies, assist with manuscript and grant proposals preparation.  Our laboratories offer state-of-the-art facilities and a very productive and exciting research environment.  

Required Qualifications*

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s in Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, or Computational Biology, or related. 
  • Must have at least 1-2 years of various laboratory and data analysis experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with rodents required, along with expertise in related in vivo techniques and assessments (e.g. rodent handling, surgery, injections, in vivo imaging).
  • Experience with cell culture, and in vitro cell-based assays (e.g. tissue dissection, tissue processing, sectioning, immunohistochemistry, qPCR, western blot, ELISA and microscopy).
  • Must be proficient with standard computer software (e.g. MS word, excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator) and data analysis software and willing to learn new programs as needed.
  • Organization, attention to detail, punctuality, and flexibility required.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Background in neuroscience or biochemistry preferred.
  • Experience with stem cell culture and differentiation protocols and flow cytometry preferred.
  • Experience with image analysis techniques and programs preferred.

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.