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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.

About the Life Sciences Institute (LSI)

Our mission at the Life Sciences Institute is to advance the understanding of the fundamental processes of life, and to pioneer new ideas to improve human health.

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Job Summary

We are seeking a research laboratory specialist to join a new structural biology laboratory at the Life Sciences Institute. The primary focus of the lab will be the structural characterization of macromolecular complexes using cryo-electron microscopy and electron tomography. The ideal candidate will have a penchant towards basic science research and a flair for managing daily activities within a research laboratory setting.  You will report directly to the PI/Dr. Mosalaganti.


Experimental tasks will include:

  • Maintain supplies of cell culture plates, media, competent cells, and lab chemicals
  • Perform basic molecular biology experiments such as PCR amplification, and routine restriction based cloning
  • Maintain safety and hygiene throughout the research lab
  • Maintain laboratory tissue culture room and cold room
  • Help with cell culturing and sample preparation for structural and biochemical studies

Non-experimental tasks will include:

  • Purchase and maintain an up-to-date inventory of lab supplies and equipment
  • Work closely with PI to ensure laboratory expenditures are charged to appropriate funding source
  • Enforce safe laboratory practices
  • Maintain lab equipment
  • Help mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Organize lab group activities and events

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological or chemical sciences
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in a cell-biology or biochemistry lab
  • Minimum 2 years experience in cell culture (maintenance of insect and mammalian cell lines)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in protein expression and purification (from insect cells or mammalian cells)
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in light microscopy techniques (such as confocal or widefield microscopy)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in experimental troubleshooting and analysis and presentation of biochemistry research data

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in biological or chemical sciences
  • Experience starting and managing a new lab
  • Experience mentoring/supervising undergraduate and graduate students
  • Experience managing laboratory safety regulations in a research setting

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions
  • Dental, Vision and Legal Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.