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Job Summary

This opening is for a full-time Research Lab Specialist Associate to conduct experimental work in a cancer immunotherapy research laboratory in the Department of Surgery. We are looking for a motivated researcher who has an interest in tumor immunology and cancer immunotherapy.  The current direction of the lab is to generate tumor reactive T effector cells and B effector cells for adoptive cancer immunotherapy, and to develop cancer stem cell-targeted vaccine for cancer immunotherapy, in order to facilitate future clinical trials to treat cancer patients.

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


The applicant is required to function as a Research Lab Specialist Assoc in a cancer immunotherapy research laboratory.  The applicant is expected to work fairly independently with the principal investigator and with our collaborators to carry out the following duties: 

  • Use innovative techniques to characterize anti-tumor immune cells, including isolation of lymphocytes, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, multicolor flow cytometry, and FACS sorting et al.
  • Conduct animal and laboratory experiments, collect and analyze data, and develop new and/or revised research methodologies.
  • Disseminate information to laboratory staff through data presentation and assistance with the preparation of abstracts, manuscripts and grant writing.       

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s Degree is required.  Master’s Degree and/or 1-3 years of working experience in immunology or cancer related field is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

Desired Qualifications*

Preferred are candidates with prior laboratory experience at an accredited research university in the United States.

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.