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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 Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor) seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Research Laboratory Technician Associate or Intermediate in the laboratory of Dr. Duncan ( The technician will join a diverse workplace and will assist in an ongoing project on the molecular mechanisms of membrane traffic.

What You'll Do

You will be responsible for molecular genetics projects. Research activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Microbial culturing
  • Performing immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy
  • Performing protein extractions and western blot analysis, subcloning, and genotyping.
  • The use of ImageJ and other image analysis software
  • Statistical analysis
  • Figure prep
  • Contributing to writing or editing manuscripts and grants

 Additional responsiblities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Cleaning and sterilization of glassware
  • Preparation of common lab reagents and solutions
  • Organization and maintenance of lab databases
  • Ordering
  • Data entry
  • Directing undergraduates
  • Training

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

Required Qualifications*

  • Research Lab Tech Associate Level: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 0-1 year experience is required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. 

  • Research Lab Tech Intermediate Level: HS Diploma or Assoc Degree and 1-3 years experience is required. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

  • Coursework or work-place experience with sterile technique

  • Cell biology or related coursework


Desired Qualifications*

  • Expertise in molecular genetics and additional experience on one or more additional relevant research techniques

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills contributing to a strong team environment

Underfill Statement

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

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.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.