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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 experience that directly relate to this position. Please include a list of references along with your CV and cover letter.

Job Summary

The College of Pharmacy is looking for a full-time lab technician general associate, (intermediate or senior level will be considered for you). Reporting directly to Dr. Wei Cheng. You will support research on mechanisms of B cell responses to particulate antigens such as viruses, work under guidance, and perform both lab specific tasks and general lab activities required for research. Examples of lab specific tasks include mouse immunization, collection of mouse blood, ELISA, biolayer interferometry measurement of sera antibodies, operation of FPLC, purification of recombinant proteins, preparation and characterization of nanoparticles for mouse immunization, isolation of mouse B cells, in vitro characterization of B cells, cell culture, transient tranfection, virology techniques such as virion titer and neutralization. General lab responsibilities include autoclaving, lab supply ordering/receiving, coordination of lab safety inspection, preparation of common solutions, gels and buffers, cleaning and maintenance of common labware and equipment. You are expected to compose lab reports for your work using electronic notebook. Prior animal experience is preferred but not required.


  • Lab specific animal experiments: examples include mouse immunization, collection of blood and ELISA, isolation of B cells from mice, in vitro B cell studies in particular with flow cytometry
  • Lab specific biochemical and biophysical experiments: examples include operation of FPLC, purification of recombinant proteins, preparation of liposomes, characterization of liposomal nanoparticles using both gel methods, instruments, characterization of antibody affinities using Biolayer interferometer.
  • Lab specific tissue culture experiments: mammalian cell culture, transient transfection
  • Lab specific virology experiments: virion production and titer, virion neutralization
  • General lab responsibilities: (1) autoclave, this will include media, pipette tip, test tubes and biological waste (2) lab supply ordering, receiving and organizing (3) lab waste management, lab safety related monitoring, and coordination of lab safety inspection (4) preparation of common solutions, gels and buffers (5) cleaning and maintenance of common labware (6) maintenance of tissue culture cabinet, CO2 incubator and compressed gas tank supplies (7)other general lab responsibilities not listed but may be assigned by the lab director.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or related fields
  • After training, able to conduct experiments as directed with consistency, able to compose and compile experimental reports using electronic notebook

Desired Qualifications*

  • Someone who can build experimental tasks as directed with consistency and reasonable experience
  • Occasionally able to work with a flexible schedule

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

The Cheng Lab is located at the center of the Ann Arbor campus, with convenient access to public transportation and university parking structures. This appointment will be full time (40 hours per week) with full package of benefits available from the university.  

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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