Intermediate Research Area Specialist

Michigan, United States
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
20 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The research specialist will perform research focused on the study of circulating tumor cells and other liquid biopsy approaches in prostate cancer as well as other correlative studies seeking to understand the mechanisms of metastasis, cancer stem cells, and predictors of disease progression. This individual will be expected to perform independently as well as part of a team. Experiments will involve clinical specimens including blood and bone marrow aspirates along with cancer tissue and human cells in vitro. Non-experimental duties will include purchasing of laboratory supplies and routine laboratory maintenance. Specific skills include: flow cytometry, cell culture, DNA/RNA/protein extraction, PCR/RT-PCR, and fluorescence microscopy. Additional experience in biomedical engineering techniques to identify small numbers of cells in circulation would be beneficial. The position will also entail calibrating and operating different analytical instruments (i.e. ph meters, balances, centrifuges, electrophoresis equipment, and microscopes) sufficient to independently perform recurring tests and data analyses, as well as develop new methods and suggest modifications to existing methods. The individual will work closely with faculty, other lab personnel, and staff interdepartmentally and across other Departments on campus as well as vendors for ordering lab supplies/chemicals/equipment. The position will also entail supervisory and financial management rolls, and the individual will analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of his or her responsibilities. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are critical as the individual will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team that is composed of both clinicians and scientists. Co-authors publications, presents work, and may assist with grant writing. At least a Master’s degree and 3-4 years post-graduate related laboratory experience is necessary

The anticipated breakdown of time is as follows:

  • Order supplies-5%
  • Design experiments-15%
  • Run experiments-50%
  • Discuss experiments with supervisor-5%
  • Clean and calibrate equipment-5%
  • Write and present work-20%

Required Qualifications*

Minimum Bachelor degree required

Desired Qualifications*

2-5 years of relative experience, 

Work Locations

7431 Cancer Center - Morgan Lab

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.  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.