Research Area Specialist Inter

Michigan, United States
29 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

How to Apply

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

Excellent opportunity to get involved in the exciting and very important area of diabetes and metabolism research. The laboratory uses sophisticated mouse models and cutting-edge technology to examine the development of diabetes mellitus and its complications.

We are looking for motivated applicants who are interested in joining a research team engaged in medically relevant and fast-paced research similar to a start-up biotech environment. If you are interested in a stimulating experience in biomedical research, or switching from another lab position to a highly relevant and stimulating area of work, or seeking a position as a research specialist with additional growth and career possibilities - you are encouraged to apply.

The laboratory is part of a large Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Michigan with excellent long-term career development opportunities.


The work will require executing tasks under direction as well as independently, assisting research staff, interacting with staff from other laboratories and training new research staff and students, as necessary.

Prepare and oversee stocks of general-use solutions for the laboratory. Help to oversee and maintain condition and cleanliness of the lab, including instrument maintenance- coordinate service when necessary.

The work will require executing research laboratory tasks, keeping detailed records of the work performed, analyzing data and generating graphical representation of the data.Data will be stored on dedicated computer spreadsheets and databases.

The work will include independently maintaining a mouse colony, including breeding, designing breeding strategies, tagging, tailing, and PCR based genotyping. Work will include metabolic testing in laboratory mice.

Assist other lab members in large complex experiments and work in a team spirit.The teamwork will include sample processing and data collection and data management.and maintaining detailed laboratory documentation for experimental analysis.Participating in laboratory meetings. Depending on experience and motivation, individual research projects may be conducted by the successful applicant.

Required Qualifications*

Research Area Specialist Associate requirements The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years experience in research laboratory work. Candidates should have experience with molecular biology techniques (PCR, Western-immunoblot, gel imaging - preferred) and be comfortable working with mice, cell culture systems and microscopy.

Research Area Specialist Intermediate requirements Bachelor's Degree and 4-5 years of experience in a related field.

Superior organizational, time-management and multitasking skills are required as well as proficiency in using standard computer software (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker, Prism GraphPad). A keen interest in using modern technology and willing to learn to work with new technical devices are highly desirable. Technical skills related to the use of modern laboratory equipment (microscopes, plate readers etc.) will be an asset.

Work Schedule

The position is a full time position for a young and energetic individual (Full-time; 8-9 hours starting at approximately 8:30 am/9am). Biological research requires flexibility in hours and extra work hours as required by the particular work/experiments. Occasional weekend work may be required based on the ongoing experimental requirements.Teamwork will be necessary and flexibility in your schedule to accommodate the needs of the work and the team will be required

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.