Posted: Jan 13, 2022

Flow Cytometry Research Lab Specialist Intermediate

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2022
Staff Scientist


The Flow Cytometry Core provides instrumentation and expertise to University of Michigan investigators - and the surrounding biotech community - in a broad range of basic and medical science disciplines. Samples are prepared by individual investigators, who then deliver samples to the Core for flow cytometric analysis or cell sorting. The Flow Core has 3 sites on UM's medical school campus. This role provides expertise and guidance in designing and conducting basic science research.

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


Operation of multiple (18) flow cytometers and associated equipment, including demonstrated flexibility with fluency across all core instruments and software platforms.

Instrument management:
Independently diagnose and maintain instrumentation, and repair of faulty equipment with coordination as needed with manager, instrument manufacturers or repair service. Provide after hours remote support and or phone support as needed. Maintain as developed a daily, weekly, monthlyschedule of quality control and maintenance.

Customer liaison & Training:
Liaison with researchers, departments, divisions from across campus needing access to Flow Cytometry
Lead User training including leading monthly lecture series on medical campus

Customer Assay Development:
Assist researchers in formulating new methods and suggest options for improving quality and identifying potential problems. Recommend and implement solutions, and collaborate in development

Quality Control:
Develop as necessary improvements to lab procedures, training,and maintenance

Sample Preparation Service:
Assist managing director with implementation of new service(s).Conduct analysis of data, interpret and implement research methodology based on outcome of analysis. Co-author publications and may co-present results with Principal Investigator at meetings and/or conferences.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelors degree in biological/physical sciences.
  • Minimum of 4 yrs experience in flow cytometry operations.
  • Must be profcient in the operation/maintenance of flow cytometry instrumentation and software.
  • Must be able to work independently and possess strong computer skills.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with diverse customer base and be willing to collaborate with scientists in the development of experimental protocols and data interpretation.
  • Must be willing to learn new technologies associated with flow cytometry and develop expertise to assist with associated assay development.

Desired Qualifications*

Proficiency in multiple cytometric platforms

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here at the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), our dedication to customer service is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an institutional resource to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

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.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.