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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.

Job Summary

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor) seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Research Lab Specialist Assoc in the laboratory of Dr. Duncan ( The technician will join a diverse workplace and will assist in an ongoing project on the biological and molecular mechanisms of membrane traffic in stem cells.

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 specialist will be responsible for yeast cell culture, generating transgenic cell lines, and characterizing cell lines. Research activities will include culturing yeast and other cell lines, performing immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy, performing protein extractions and western blot analysis, subcloning, FACs sorting, and genotyping. Activities will also include the use of ImageJ and other image analysis software, statistical analysis, figure prep, and contributing to writing or editing manuscripts and grants. Occasional weekend work is required.

Additional responsibilities may include human tissue culture, 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, and training.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 1-3 years’ experience in a related field is required. 
  • Expertise in one or more additional relevant research techniques is required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills contributing to a strong team environment are required.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.

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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