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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 Microscopy Core, as part of the Medical School's Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) within the Office of Research, provides centralized access & expertise and major imaging instrumentation to investigators at the University of Michigan. The facility is currently comprised of three locations and houses major light microscopes, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope and the infrastructure for light and electron microscopy sample preparations.

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


Prepare diverse biological samples for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), at times according to unfamiliar protocols (fixation through staining).  Use vacuum evaporator, sputter coater and other specialized electron microscopy sample preparation equipment. 

Section semi-thin and ultra-thin resin sections with an ultramicrotome. Perform staff-assisted SEM and TEM. Train users on operation of SEM and TEM. 

Ability to work safely with hazardous chemicals. Responsible for up-keep of electron microscopy sample preparation area. 

Participate with experienced EM staff in consulting with users regarding EM projects

Assist in obtaining EM supplies, including interfacing with vendors to obtain quotes and negotiate packages. Participate in professional development opportunities to build skill set and improve the services offered to users.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's of Science degree with 1-3 years of experience with cell and tissue sample fixation in preparation for biological testing methods.
  • Some knowledge and/or experience in using scanning and transmission electron microscopes.  
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ability to work in a diverse customer based fee-for-service environment.
  • The applicant should be detail oriented, show a willingness to learn new skills, and work both independently and as a team player.
  • Applicant should be interested in building their skills towards advanced techniques in the electron microscopy field.

Desired Qualifications*

M.S. in a biological science with electron microscopy experience.  Experience in working with epoxy and acrylic resins for embedding and sectioning.  Performing electron microscopy in a project during their undergraduate/graduate degree programs. Persons experienced with histology preparation techniques or certification as a HT (ASCP) or HTL (ASCP) are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here at the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), our dedication to customer service is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is central toour mission as an institutional resource to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

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.