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We are looking for a mid-level Research Laboratory Technician who can commit to at least 2 years in our laboratory. This individual will work as part of a collaborative team using complementary in vivo and in vitro models to facilitate research discoveries with translational potential for Alzheimer’s disease and neurologic complication of diabetes and obesity. Experiments will involve in vivo rodent studies, animal behavior studies, in vitro cell culture, gene and protein expression analysis, immunocytochemistry, and immunofluorescence microscopy. Small animal surgical experience is required.
The Research Laboratory Technician will work closely with the research team to:
Collect, process, and analyze laboratory animal samples, including blood/serum
Process dissected tissue samples, including OCT and paraffin embedding, sectioning, etc.
Perform immunohistochemistry (immunostaining) and advanced cell imaging, including laser-scanning confocal imaging
Use common laboratory computer programs, such as Metamorph, Imaris, NanoDrop, Photoshop, Excel, MATlab, and Prism
Perform molecular biology techniques, like PCR (standard and quantitative), RNA/DNA/Protein isolations, Western Blotting, electrophoresis, and tissue sectioning
Conduct animal research and husbandry; responsibilities include administering impaired glucose tolerance tests, injections, recording weekly body weights and glucose levels, and inputting data into our laboratory’s information management system.
Assist with coordination of research team activities, project planning, and training
Other tasks as needed
High school diploma or Associate's degree and 1 to 2 years experience.
1-2 years of experience in scientific research, with a skillset that includes molecular biology, histology, and imaging techniques
Must be comfortable with animal work and husbandry
Must have small animal surgical experience
Organization, attention to detail, punctuality, and flexibility required
Ability to work independently with limited supervision as required
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a collaborative environment
Strong oral and written communication skills
Must be proficient with standard computer and analysis software and willing to learn new programs as needed
Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field
2-5 years of experience in scientific research
Possess the fine motor skills necessary for cellular and tissue micro-dissection.
Experience with specific techniques, including cell culture, immunofluorescence, DNA/RNA isolation, qPCR, mitochondrial bioenergetics, animal handling, and sample collection.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, and Metamorph
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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