Research Lab Specialist Intermediate/Associate

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This role will design, perform, and execute research projects under direct supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI). The research in the Hershenson lab focuses on immunologic aspects of respiratory viral infections and asthma. Successful candidates will help to advance our understanding developmental differences in the immune response to respiratory viral infections, and trained immunity. We expect candidates to perform independently and work closely with the team of researchers in the Hershenson lab as well as those of our collaborators. Projects will include the use of viruses, cell culture and experimental mouse models, pending training in animal use.

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


  • Responsible for operation of a specialized laboratory with one or more faculty members within a department and/or works in specialized research area.
  • Develops, designs and conducts one or more small or moderately complex research experiments in line with plan, reviews progress and evaluates results.
  • Formulates research methods and suggests options for improving quality, identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions, and collaborates in the development of new techniques.
  • Trains users in equipment operation and laboratory techniques, explains and demonstrates technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations and outcomes.
  • Coordinates data collection and screening and verifies the data.
  • Conducts analysis of data, interprets and implements research methodology based on outcome of analysis.
  • Co-authors publications and may co-present results with Principal Investigator at meetings and/or conferences. 
  • Has oversight for day-to-day operation of laboratory and may supervise exempt and non-exempt research and support personnel.

Required Qualifications*

  • Required Qualifications Intermediate:
    • Master's degree and 4 to 5 years related experience.
  • Required Qualifications Associate:
    • Bachelor's degree in related field 1 to 3 years related experience. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Desired Qualifications Intermediate:
    • Supervisory and financial management experience preferred. 
    • Experience with Pulmonology Research Preferred 
  • Desired Qualifications Associate:
    • Master's Degree preferred
    • Experience with Pulmonology Research 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.