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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 Spence laboratory is part of the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan Medical School. Our research seeks to understand cell lineage decisions, cellular heterogeneity, cell-cell communication and progenitor/stem cell regulation. We are interested in receiving applications from applicants that are passionate about the use of data science and technology, with training in computational biology, biostatistics, bioinformatics or a related field.

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


Will have significant experience working with single cell data, will have a strong knowledge of statistics, will have excellent organizational skills and will work well as part of a dynamic team. Primary job responsibilities will include data wrangling, analysis and data curation and management. Typical projects include working alongside wet-bench scientists who generate data and carry out follow-up experiments to validate computational findings; however, developing independent research projects is also encouraged.

Required Qualifications*

Qualified applicants will hold a B.S. or (preferably) M.S. degree in one of the aforementioned or related disciplines. Programming skills will include Python (desired R). Experience desired with machine learning to produce generalized pipelines for analyzing single cell sequencing data. Applicants will be strongly self-motivated, and will be able to work as part of a collaborative team in a dynamic environment. Strong interpersonal communication skills are essential.

Send CV or resume to Jason Spence:

Additional Information

About the lab: The Spence lab is a highly energetic and collaborative group made up of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff scientists. We conduct team-based science, while fostering and encouraging intellectual independence and creative approaches to addressing biological questions. As a laboratory, our whole team is committed to fostering a safe, peaceful and respectful environment for everyone to work towards common scientific goals. We actively support a diverse workforce.

Example publications:  Visit our website to see recent examples of our published work that involves single cell RNA sequencing data:

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.