University of Michigan Research Lab Specialist Lead in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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 Vector Core of the University of Michigan is seeking a Research Specialist Lead to develop and run the subcloning and plasmid repository arms of the Core. Extensive experience in advanced molecular biology techniques including a variety of subcloning techniques, gene expression analysis, and mutagenesis is required. Expertise in writing SOPs/Protocols to ensure reproducible assay results is also required. Experience communicating with clients via email and in person to plan experimental design is essential. Working knowledge of viral vector systems, including lentivirus and adenovirus, and gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 techniques is highly desired. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success troubleshooting problems related to molecular biology techniques. Proficiency in communicating results in writing and with the Vector Core team at meetings is also of utmost importance.


Customer Support

  • Handle inquiries from potential customers regarding plasmid vector design offered by the Core, any method development needed to construct customer’s vectors, and/or costs and timelines for project completion

  • Generating maps and sequence reports for clients as requested, and associated administrative duties

  • Meet with clients to explain vector constructs, contribute to experimental research design and planning for future studies

Laboratory Support & Oversight

  • Develop and maintain subcloning services and plasmid repository.

  • Implement quality assurance for subcloning and repository services.

  • Work collaboratively with Vector Core team to offer support and technical advice on CRISPR/Cas9 techniques, lentivirus, adenovirus and AAV production and quality control.

  • Work proficiently with computer software to maintain large databases, and write reports detailing procedures, results and cost-analyses.

  • Follow standard operating procedures set by the Vector Core and BRCF for day to day duties, including DEI training.

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively and efficiently to deliver on-time and high quality results

  • Work as a key member and contributor to a larger Vector Core team

Assay Analysis & Presentation of Data

  • Analyze nucleic acid sequences with a variety of software packages and integrate new tools into the data analysis pipeline

  • Prepare and present results and outcomes for internal/external professional audiences


• Participate in the training of staff.

• Develop Standard Operating Procedures and training documents

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology or equivalent life science

  • Expertise in vector design, analysis and production, including non-viral and viral vectors.

  • 6-10 years’ experience in vector design in a production facility.

  • Extensive experience with software to maintain databases, analyze sequencing, and other data analyses programs.

Work Schedule


Background Screening

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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.

Job Detail

Job Opening ID


Working Title

Research Lab Specialist Lead

Job Title

Research Lab Specialist Lead

Work Location

Ann Arbor CampusAnn Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

Medical School


BRCF Vector Core

Posting Begin/End Date

5/17/2018 – 5/24/2018

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