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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached to your resume. In the application, please include a cover letter stating your research experience, interests, and future career goals, and a CV with references.

Job Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Jacob Kitzman in Human Genetics and Dr. Jennifer Yee in Pediatric Nephrology are applying high-throughput functional assays to study genetic variants found in patients with cancer predispositions and nephrotic syndrome.  These studies use a variety of cutting-edge tools including CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and massively parallel sequencing. We are looking for a motivated and detail orientated research laboratory technician with strong organizational skills who can contribute to these projects, and who is interested in gaining exposure to experimental and computational techniques in human genetics.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the interpretability of genetic diagnosis through functional studies of patient mutations. 


  • Derive and manipulate human cell line models for individual patient mutations or libraries of patient mutations (cell culture, transfection, drug treatment, DNA/RNA extraction, protein preparation, etc).
  • Perform and optimize standard molecular genetics experiments including bacterial transformation, plasmid/DNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, western blot.
  • Independently design and execute cloning tasks
  • Collect, analyze and process laboratory samples
  • Take laboratory inventory, handle packages, clean and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Compliance with University of Michigan safety regulations

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics or a related major
  • One year of prior lab experience
  • Record of strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Desired Qualifications*

  • One year of standard molecular biology experiment experience, including PCR, primer design, molecular cloning
  • Prior experience with mammalian cell culture

Work Schedule

  • This is a regular full time position, roughly 40 hours per week
  • Flexibility in work hours including early AM/late evening/weekends


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.