Research Laboratory Specialist Intermediate

Michigan, United States
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 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

The Microscopy and Image Analysis Laboratory (MIL), as part of the Medical School’s Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) within the Office of Research, provides centralized access & expertise to major imaging instrumentation to investigators at the University of Michigan. 


  • Provide pre-imaging consultations to guide and advise customers on project scope, experimental design, technical limitations, and image analysis goals.
  • Train and assist customers on principles and operation of diverse confocal and wide-field microscopes.  Ability to understand and optimally use related technologies including linear spectral unmixing, Airyscan, Apotome, tiling, and photo-activation/bleaching. 
  • Be responsible for billing, maintenance, QA/QC calibrations, and data management on all instruments of responsibility.
  • Advise on related sample preparation and image analysis techniques.
  • Develop and execute as fee for service, and train users on sample preparation techniques such as tissue clearing and expansion microscopy
  • Help train customers on scanning and transmission electron microscopes
  • Perform occasional staff-assisted imaging
  • Perform core-wide administrative duties such as lab safety record keeping and ordering

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's Degree in a biological science with 4-5 years of experience in confocal microscopy, including many of the technologies listed above. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ability to work in a diverse customer based fee-for-service environment. The applicant should be detail oriented, show a willingness to learn new skills, and work both independently and as a team player.

Desired Qualifications*

M.S. in biological sciences with prior experience in either tissue clearing and/or expansion microscopy.  Experience with diverse sample preparation and staining protocols for fluorescence imaging.

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.  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.