Research Laboratory Technician Intermediate

Michigan, United States
06 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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

The University of Michigan Medical School Central Biorepository (UMMS CBR) seeks a laboratory technician experienced in biospecimen processing, molecular biology and laboratory automation. This position will provide technical services supporting the daily operations of our College of American Pathologists-accredited biorepository including biospecimen inventory tracking, accessioning, distribution/shipping, storage, processing by standardized methods. Processing of biospecimens includes nucleic acid extraction from tissues, biofluids, and buffy coat isolations, preparation of plasma and serum, and biospecimen aliquoting and characterization. You will also be responsible for working with senior laboratory staff on lab-based projects, development and optimization of new laboratory capabilities and maintenance of equipment and instrumentation. The successful candidate will be a detail orientated, efficient, highly motivated individual, with significant experience in laboratory automation, information storage software, and biospecimen processing.  The successful candidate will have opportunities for growth within the position and for advancement within the Central Biorepository.


  • Accessioning of biospecimens – focused, organized receipt of biospecimens using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Handling and storage of biospecimens – LIMS-directed localization and retrieval of biospecimens from various types of temperature - controlled storage  
  • Molecular processing of biospecimens – nucleic acid extraction from tissue and biofluids using high-throughput automation, preparation of plasma, serum and buffy coats from whole blood
  • Quantification of nucleic acids using an automated process for florescent and UV spectroscopy; characterization by capillary and gel electrophoresis
  • Distribution of biospecimens – automated aliquoting and preparation of biospecimens, coordination of temperature-controlled shipments, compliance with DOT/IATA/U-M guidelines.
  • Accurately and efficiently enter data into LIMS and other databases.  Ongoing and periodic database maintenance and data analysis (e.g. biospecimen lifecycles, quality analysis, instrument performance)
  • Creation, editing, and maintenance of standard operating procedures, policies, and manuals
  • Use complex software at a high level (e.g. LabVantage LIMS, iLab Solutions, TECAN and Qiagen software specific to automated instrumentation).
  • Adapt biospecimen processing and logistics protocols for CBR use
  • Perform, schedule, and coordinate maintenance of CBR instrumentation and equipment
  • Perform as a customer point of contact in the laboratories to assist in the management of studies, provide information on protocols performed, help select biospecimens for subsequent study, communicate biospecimen properties; maintain a comprehensive understanding of the various studies serviced by the CBR
  • Other duties in support of the CBR mission as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in handling and processing biospecimens
  • At least two years of laboratory experience
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Proficient user of computer software
  • Flexibility to work evening hours or weekends on occasion

Desired Qualifications*

  • Biorepository experience
  • Familiarity with biospecimen storage and temperature monitoring equipment including cryo (liquid nitrogen) freezers, cryocarts, cryoshippers, -80oC freezers, and temperature tracking software
  • Experience working with animal or human biospecimens
  • Experience writing and editing standard operating procedures
  • Experience with computer-controlled instrumentation (e.g. Agilent capillary electrophoresis, UV/fluorescence spectroscopy)
  • Molecular biology experience
  • LIMS experience
  • Experience operating robotic equipment and equipment software

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.

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.