Research Laboratory Specialist Intermediate

Michigan, United States
$46,670.00 – $70,000.00
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 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.


Candidate will partner with an experienced principal investigator to set up a new laboratory located at the North Campus Research Complex.  The candidate will be responsible for using advanced laboratory methodology and instrumentation (such as 10x genomics single cell machine), to process biological human specimens. Isolating DNA/RNA from various types of biological samples. Performing molecular biology assays or cell culture experiments, using state-of-the-art technology to characterize expression profiles and genotypes associated with certain diseases.  In addition to the bench work, the candidate will assist in designing quality control, sub-study protocols, and quality check of human studies using bioinformatics tools and will assist with preparing proposals for sponsored funding.   The candidate will provide operational expertise to students, visiting scholars and postdocs.

Processes blood and other biological tissue specimens for testing and storage:  Uses advanced laboratory methodology and sophisticated instrumentation (such as 10x single cell machine), including sterile techniques under a biological hood.

Isolates DNA and RNA from biological samples using specialized protocols: Determines the concentration, purity and quality of the extracted DNA/RNA by spectrophotometry and other relevant techniques. Uses modern molecular biology assays including PCR, qRT-PCR, polyacrylamide and agarose gel electrophoreses.

Perform cell culture assays. Ability to culture, maintain, propagate, freeze and thaw cell lines in a BSL2 hood. Ability to perform knockdown and transfection assays.

Maintains laboratory records and help manuscript and proposals. Keeps accurate and detailed records of experiments performed. Conducts library and database searches, writes procedures, prepares charts and graphs. Help grant and publication preparations.

Quality Control Procedures:  Assists in developing and performs quality control procedures to check specimen integrity and viability. Troubleshoots equipment, sample, database, and general study related problems.

General Laboratory maintenance:  Keeps current records of sample information.   Prepares reagents and solutions. Attends study meetings. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Education: Bachelors Degree or above from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioinformatics or related field.
  • Experience: Four to five (4-5) years of progressively responsible research work experience in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Experience working in a research or clinical laboratory.
  • Knowledge: Knowledge of standard laboratory equipment, techniques, and safety procedures. Excellent working knowledge of general molecular biology procedures and safety practices.
  • Abilities and Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Have experience in bioinformatics and data analysis software.

Desired Qualifications*

Education: Masters´ Degree or above from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioinformatics or related field.
Ph.D. is a plus.

Background Screening

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job 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.