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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 Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences (MNIMBS) is seeking a Research Lab Specialist Associate to study the immunological mechanisms of adjuvants for the development of improved vaccines. The ideal candidate will have experience in basic cellular and molecular biology/biochemical techniques including mammalian cell culture, qPCR, protein expression and purification, and immunological techniques such as ELISA, and flow cytometry. Prior experience working with mice is highly preferred.

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


Primary responsibilities include assisting in experimental work for ongoing projects, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting results, as well as potentially contributing to manuscript preparation. The candidate will work closely with the principal investigator as well as other laboratory staff in a highly collaborative basic science laboratory. Thus, the successful candidate should be able to work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple diverse concurrent projects.  Eventual responsibilities will also involve training and oversight of undergraduate students. Additional responsibilities include reagent preparation and lab maintenance duties such as maintaining lab equipment and ordering supplies to maintain laboratory stocks. We are seeking an enthusiastic applicant that is willing to learn and join our team.

Required Qualifications*

  • A B.S. degree in immunology, biochemistry, or related biomedical field. M.S. preferred-2-3 years of experience in a research lab.
  • Demonstrated experience with general basic molecular and cellular biology techniques and immunological techniques: ex. mammalian tissue culture, protein production/purification, western blotting, isolation of DNA, RNA, qPCR, ELISA
  •  Willingness to handle small animals (mice) for in vivo studies.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Masters Degree
  • Experience working with murine models including immunization, blood collection, viral infection models.
  • Experience with flow cytometry and analysis.
  • Prior experience in virology related techniques.
  • Experience performing cell isolation from animal tissue.

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.  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.