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Research Area Specialist Inter / Associate

University of Michigan

Job Description

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.


he main duties of the candidate will be implementation of laboratory experiments and collection of data. The laboratory studies human adrenal disorders and is part of the internationally renowned Michigan Adrenal Group. The laboratory relies heavily on liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) utilization. Laboratory techniques used include: serum sample extraction for LC-MS/MS analysis, PCR, mRNA and DNA isolation, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, genotyping, cell culture, tissue microdissection, luciferase-mediated bioluminescence assays etc. Previous experience with these techniques is desired.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Additional responsibilities: maintain laboratory documentation for experimental analysis, condition and cleanliness of the lab, and instrument maintenance, help in ordering laboratory equipment and supplies and keeping the laboratory stocked at all times; present data at lab meetings; assist in the procurement, storage, maintenance of laboratory compliance with university regulatory agencies and documentation of data and tissues.

Performs independent analyses of pertinent literature.
Responsible for writing certain components of progress reports and manuscripts. Expected to co-author publications and CO-present results with the PI in formal meetings.

Responsible for coordinating the implementation of specified components of research design analysis.
Takes a responsible role in developing complex research support systems (computer, statistical and mathematical models, and instrumentation systems).
Able to evaluate results and recommend improvements in research design and modeling.

Required Qualifications*

Research Area Specialist Intermediate Requirements;

Bachelor's in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or closely related field plus 4-5 years' experience in a research laboratory in a related field. 

Research Area Specialist Associate Requirements;

Bachelor's Degree is required.  1-3 years of experience in a related field.

Desired Qualifications*

Research Area Specialist Intermediate Desired Qualifications;

  • Master?s Degree or Doctoral Degree
  • The successful candidate must also have a history of working well in a team environment and contributing to an enthusiastic and productive laboratory atmosphere.

Research Area Specialist Associate Desired Qualifications;

  • Master?s Degree 
  • The successful candidate must also have a history of working well in a team environment and contributing to an enthusiastic and productive laboratory atmosphere.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.

Vaccine Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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