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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 Pancreatobiliary Biobanks within the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Cancer Center has an opening for a Research Laboratory Technician Associate. We are seeking an energetic, highly motivated individual to join our team. The successful candidate is expected to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The candidate will work as part of a team working to collect biological samples from pancreatic and biliary tract cancer patients for use in multiple research projects within the university. The candidate will work in many parts of the hospital including the cancer center, medical procedures unit, surgery, interventional radiology, and oncology clinics. This position will include daily exposure to patients, medical procedures, and biological samples (blood and tissue). Clinical data associated with these samples will also be collected. The individual will perform these diverse duties as a support to a team of researchers focused on pancreatic and biliary tract cancers.  Hours will vary based on when samples need to be managed, but some early morning or later evenings may be required (on average one early morning and one late evening each week, with heavier work loads falling Monday-Wednesday). 

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
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Support the collection, deidentification of, delivery, and collection of tracking information on biological samples from cancer patients in the hospital.  Work with MiChart, nurses, proceduralists, multiple labs, and patient-facing administrative employees to ensure the proper collection and handling of samples.  May manage frozen samples and freezers as necessary.  

Under supervision, collect data from cancer patients chart and organize into established databases.

Process blood and tissue samples in the lab. Perform laboratory experiments, including but not limited to western blots, and cell and organoid culture experiments in a supervised capacity. Participation in regular lab/biobank meetings and discussions is expected. Must work effectively in a team setting or autonomously, communicate effectively, and keep clear precise records. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in science, medical, or public health field
  • 1-2 years experience working with tissue and/or blood in a research environment is preferred

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in a clinical environment 
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel 
  • Experience with data management 

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.