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The Michigan Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides outstanding, state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. As well, our faculty, staff, and trainees conduct a diverse range of musculoskeletal research and scholarship. The department’s research program is integral to its mission and vision of leading advances in musculoskeletal health, through excellence and innovative care, scientific discovery, and dedicated teaching.
Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is conducted by a diverse group of faculty, staff and trainees with expertise in biology, engineering, epidemiology, health outcomes and healthcare. The collaborative research programs are focused on improving treatment or preventing musculoskeletal disorders and disease. The research enterprise is funded by a variety of sources, including, but not limited to, the NIH, DoD, NSF, industry, and professional societies. Primary basic science research operations are located at the Biomedical Science Research Building, with additional clinical research sites. Currently there are extensive shared core resources and a team of core research staff.
This position offers the opportunity to work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary research team as a laboratory staff member to coordinate day-to-day lab operations, support scientific studies by managing regulatory processes and ordering reagents and supplies, perform sample processing (e.g., for submission to histology or molecular Cores), and assist with hands-on laboratory experiments, particularly histological processing and analysis. The work will involve valuable contributions, including scientific publication co-authorship, to multiple large, federally funded research projects.
We are looking for a team-oriented, self-motivated individual with an interest in laboratory science to remain as a long-term team member. We can offer consistent career growth opportunities, participation and travel to scientific conferences (if interested), and a close mentoring relationship with the faculty members.
This position will be filled immediately upon identifying a suitable candidate, with the goal of having a minimum of 1-2 months of overlap with the existing staff member, who is departing in the spring. This will enable extensive training and onboarding opportunities to ensure a smooth transition and a reasonable start-up pace. With a large, highly collaborative group comprised of multiple staff members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and faculty, we are highly committed to providing a smooth onboarding and training period.
Coordinate day-to-day laboratory operation and upkeep, i.e., supplies ordering, inventory, safety, and protocol upkeep.
Assist in student onboarding, including hands-on training.
Supervise undergraduate students and their laboratory schedules.
Manage regulatory protocol upkeep, including IACUC and IBC.
Assist and coordinate the scheduling and execution of laboratory experiments, working closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other staff members.
Perform and coordinate sample processing, including histological processing, submission of samples to various on-campus cores, and in-lab processing.
Attend weekly lab meetings, project meetings, and on-demand meetings with the supervising faculty
Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills (i.e., email, Zoom, Slack, etc)
Approach duties with a strong sense of collaboration and collegiality to facilitate the scientific progress and career development of laboratory trainees, namely graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
If desired by the candidate, participation and travel to regional, national, and international conferences.
B.S. in Biology, Engineering, Data Science, or related fields applicable to biomedical science.
4-5 years of experience (Intermediate level) or 1-3 years of experience (Associate level) in a research laboratory (in any capacity), i.e., basic wet lab skills.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
Willingness to learn and quickly adopt new tools and systems
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Confident teaching and mentoring abilities (relevant to undergraduate student supervision)
Strong emphasis on safety, SOPs, and regulatory upkeep.
M.S. in Biology, Engineering, Data Science, or related fields applicable to biomedical science.
5+ years of experience in research laboratory
Experience with histological processing, staining, and analysis
Experience with regulatory protocol upkeep (IACUC, IBC, EHS, etc).
Experience with supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students
Experience in working in a laboratory or department focused on musculoskeletal science, immunology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or related fields.
This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
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.
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.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.