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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

A research laboratory technician position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Koropatkin, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI.

Please note: This is position is a 3-year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal based on funding availability and need.

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


Maintain lab organization and maintain and clean lab equipment including microcalorimeters, HPLC, crystallization robot, anaerobic chamber, stereomicroscope and thermal cyclers.

Perform basic molecular genetic (PCR, cloning in E. coli), purify protein, assay enzyme activity, set-up and maintain protein crystallization experiments.  Assist lab members with their experiments.

Perform research either independently or supervised, providing data for manuscripts and grants.

Maintain an inventory of chemicals, reagents and bacterial strains. Purchase lab supplies/stocking. Maintain BSL2 lab status and chemical compliance.

Required Qualifications*

Intermediate: Bachelor's degree in biology or a related field is required. 1-3 years of laboratory research experience in Biology, Microbiology or Biochemistry is required. Experience with basic molecular biology (DNA and protein manipulation) is needed. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are important. Ability to work as part of a diverse team is essential.

Associate: Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field is required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are important. Ability to work as part of a diverse team is essential.

Desired Qualifications*

The ability to learn and understand basic data analysis, protein biochemistry/enzymology and bacterial physiology, and experimental troubleshooting is important. Accuracy and persistence in carrying out tasks are essential.

Associate: Laboratory research experience in Biochemistry is preferred. Experience with protein biochemistry and molecular biology techniques is preferred.

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.


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  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.