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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

Ann Arbor is a thriving and exciting city, often ranked in the top 5 cities to live in America and most often ranked “most educated” city and ‘easiest to raise children”. Ann Arbor is the cradle of the Peace Corps (President Kennedy created it on the steps on Angell Hall on main Campus) and where Tommy Francis Kr, then Dean of the School of Public Health at the UM announced to the world that the Salk vaccine prevented polio. Founded in 1817, the UM never had quotas for African Americans or Jews or any other historically marginated group; all are welcome to study and thrive here, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, race, or culture.

The University of Michigan has the oldest teaching hospital in the country: the UM was the first University to create a hospital devoted to teaching Medicine. To this day, the ideals present at its creation have not wavered: everyone who is an attending in our hospitals is in the faculty at the UM, no private practitioners work here.  Michigan is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the vanguard of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Ranked as the #1 or #2 public University in the US, the University of Michigan ranks second in the country in Federal funding. The UM research budget is $1.2-1.4 billion.

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.

Who We Are

Dr. Sofia Merajver will be the main supervisor. She works closely with Prof. Matt Soellner and their labs have been jointly productive and great training places for successful researchers. Dr. Merajver is the GreaterGood Chair of Breast Cancer Research and the Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program. The Merajver laboratory focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the genetic, molecular and physiological factors that drive the development of aggressive cancers as well as tools to understand how to execute precision medicine through patients’ live cell testing. Recent work from our group has produced advanced technologies to predict brain metastases as well as a robust drug testing and biomarker discovery platform. Our lab is equipped with many state-of-the-art platforms to perform an array of sophisticated experiments.  The group counts with two full time bioinformaticians, and 6 bench and animal research specialists to assist with our research. We have multiple collaborations with extraordinary core facilities and labs in the US and around the world.  We have a rich collection of patient-derived tumor xenografts and are able to grow excellent organoid models of diverse samples. Other efforts involve basic science of cell junctions, tumor metabolism and cell motility, and targeted developmental therapeutics.

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
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


The Merajver lab is seeking energetic, driven, well trained, and productive scientists to join our dynamic group and make a difference in aggressive breast cancers and in multiple other cancers, through our pan cancer biomarker and drug development efforts. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated graduate student or recent graduate (within one year) who is ready to advance into a postdoctoral position and make a 2-4 year commitment. Candidates will have a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics, Pharmacology, or related Biological Science and a strong publication record. The postdoc will be expected to work independently and should be facile with basic molecular biology techniques (tissue culture, DNA/RNA analyses, biochemistry, and rudimentary bioinformatics). We are seeking candidates who are within 3 years of obtaining their PhD, not longer. The successful candidate must be well read and organized, fluent in written and oral English, be able to analyze data and results from experiments, be an independent thinker but also a team player. The main project will focus on developing and testing integrated tumor-immune cells-stromal cells organoids for drug testing for precision oncology and basic biology studies. Multiple opportunities for collaborations with other lab members are available.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates will have a PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Bioinformatics, Pharmacology, or related Biological Science and a strong publication record.

Additional Information



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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.