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.


The Section of Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor) seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Research Laboratory Specialist Intermediate in the laboratory of Dr. Katherine Gallagher. The research in this laboratory works to improve innate immunity and cell function in vascular diseases. Cutting-edge techniques and a supportive environment have led to many laboratory projects that have translational potential. In addition to providing technical support to senior members of the laboratory, the candidate will also lead an independent research project. 

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.


The successful candidate will work independently and as part of a team to conduct, develop and design moderately complex research experiments utilizing immunohistochemistry, PCR, ELISA and CHIP. Review progress and evaluate results of experiments.

Lab Management:

  • Oversight of day-to-day lab operations

A strong background in cellular and molecular biology techniques including:

  • mammalian tissue culture
  • siRNA and plasmid transfection into mammalian cells
  • cloning and subcloning methods
  • western blotting and immune/co-immunoprecipitation
  • preparation of samples to be used for ChIP-/RNA- sequencing
  • immunoflouresence
  • magnetic activated cell sorting
  • ability to work with crispr and cre-lox models

Develop, design and conduct complex research experiments:

  • develop new techniques; formulate methods, recommend improvements/solutions
  • collect data and conduct analysis, interpret and implement research methodology; evaluate results
  • monitor progress and refine or adapt methodologies

Ability to work independently without immediate supervision; evaluate courses of action and make decisions.

Co-author publications and co-present results at meetings/conferences

Mentor and teach students and junior trainees.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in health science discipline
  • 4 - 5 years of research experience in a related field
  • Independent decision making
  • Highly organized in record keeping and technically meticulous

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD or Master's degree 
  • Experience mentoring and teaching students and junior trainees 
  • Experience with eResearch Animal Management System (eRAM) 

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.