Research Lab Tech Intermediate

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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 Wu laboratory at the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is looking for a Research Laboratory Technician Intermediate who is interested in developing new RNA therapeutics and delivery platforms for several disease applications, including cancer immunotherapy. You will join a collaborative workplace and will assist with several research projects in the lab, including development, screening, and in vivo evaluation of RNA nanoparticle systems. You will report directly to Dr. Wu and work with members of the laboratory. You will perform work full-time onsite at the Life Sciences Institute. 

Mission Statement

The Life Sciences Institute explores biological processes, structures, and functions at the finest scale to create impact on a global scale. With a diverse community of inquisitive minds and exceptional tools, we are a catalyst for breakthrough discoveries.

For a summary of the Wu lab:


Experimental tasks will include:

  • Assist with synthesis and characterization of therapeutic RNA molecules, in vitro screening of RNA functionality, and nanoparticle synthesis and characterization
  • Assist with in vivo studies in preclinical mouse models of cancer assessing therapeutic efficacy, biodistribution, toxicity, and immune activation of RNA therapeutic systems

Non-experimental tasks will include:

  • Purchase and maintain an up-to-date inventory of cell culture and RNA work reagents

Required Qualifications*

  • High School Diploma or Associate's degree
  • Minimum one year of wet-lab experience working in molecular biology, bioengineering, or related field
  • Minimum one year experience culturing mammalian cell lines
  • Minimum one year experience in basic molecular biology techniques such as in vitro transcription and gel electrophoresis

Desired Qualifications*

  • B.S. degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline
  • Minimum one year experience working with preclinical mouse models

Additional Information

Benefits at the University of Michigan:

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Maternity and Parental Leave

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.