Research Lab Specialist Inter

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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.  Please also include the names and contact information of three professional references.


The Putnam Laboratory ( in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Michigan is seeking a highly motivated individual for a Research Laboratory Specialist Intermediate position. The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Andrew Putnam and other members of his group on NIH-funded projects focused on creating functional vasculature in engineered tissue constructs. The primary responsibility is to manage multiple aspects of the day-to-day operations of the group, including the management of multiple IACUC-approved animal protocols, maintaining compliance with EHS lab safety requirements, and handling procurement activities. Contact:

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  • Facilitate day-to-day research laboratory operations, including procurement and inventory of reagents and supplies.
  • Manage multiple IACUC protocols (involving rodents) and serve as the point of contact for biannual IACUC inspections.
  • Manage the laboratory’s IBC protocol to ensure safe usage of recombinant DNA constructs, viral gene delivery systems, and human cell cultures.
  • Serve as the laboratory’s safety officer, maintaining all required documentation for annual EHS inspections.
  • Facilitate animal research by the faculty, students, and postdocs in the lab by assisting with animal surgeries and post-surgical care.
  • Provide technical support to a range of research projects using various techniques including cell culture, immunohistochemistry, hydrogel fabrication and characterization, flow cytometry, recombinant DNA techniques, and qPCR.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in a molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, physiology, bioengineering, or other life science-related discipline
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • At least two years of prior research laboratory experience

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree with 3-5 years of relevant research laboratory experience
  • Prior experience with one or more of the following:
    • animal handling and maintenance of IACUC protocols
    • simple rodent surgeries, especially subQ implant and/or tumor xenograft models
    • vascular cell biology
    • 3D cell culture
    • histology/immunohistochemistry
    • immunocytochemistry
    • confocal fluorescence microscopy
    • molecular biology (recombinant DNA, RNA interference, CRISPR/Cas, qPCR, Western blotting, etc.)

Work Locations

The Michigan Engineering Office of Biomedical Engineering operates in a hybrid work environment consisting of both in-person and remote work. This position will be classified as an on-site position within the Michigan Engineering STARR classification matrix which means working on campus 5 days per week. You can find more information here:

Additional Information

**This is a one-year term-limited position with the possibility of extension based upon need and funding.

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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.

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