Research Lab Specialist Lead

University of Michigan Dearborn

United States

October 13, 2021


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How to Apply

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position.

Job Summary

This position focuses on chemical analyses of biological and environmental samples for organic compounds primarily using GC-MS/MS and LC-MS. These analyses support a range of cutting-edge occupational, epidemiological and environmental studies investigating trace level organic contaminants, such as PBDEs, PCBs, dioxins, pesticides, PFOS, and other compounds, in biological samples (e.g., blood and urine), and environmental samples (e.g., air and water). These analyses support important studies conducted across multiple units at the University of Michigan (e.g., Engineering, Public Health, Medical School) that are investigating risk factors that affect human and ecological health. The qualified candidate must be capable of performing trace-level chemical analyses and developing methods for emerging compounds. The candidate will be involved in multiple on-going projects and will provide oversight of day-to-day operation of laboratory operations. Working knowledge of analytical methods and quality assurance / quality control is required along with good communication and organizational skills.


Perform analytical determinations, including GC/MS peak identification and quantification and prepare analytical data reports and data interpretation.

Develop and validate analytical methods, including performing analytical method feasibility.

Perform QA/QC activities including impurity identification, stability studies, and cleaning verifications, including standards and perform calibrations.

Develop and maintain SOPs, sample tracking, and instrument records, and assist with and/or perform instrument maintenance, trouble-shooting, and ordering supplies, standards and equipment.

Coordinate and provide oversight of team members to ensure seamless analytical coverage and support new project activities, as needed.

Required Qualifications

Doctorate in field of expertise or Master's plus equivalent experience. 6+ years of experience in field. Desired fields include Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related area. Minimum qualification of a Bachelor's degree in recognized field of science directly related to the position.

Working knowledge of analytical method development and validation, analytical instrumentation, and equipment.

Experience with software and information systems (e.g., ChemStation, Excel).

Hands-on experience as an analytical chemist with GC-MS and/or LC-MS, as well as traditional wet chemistry methods (titration, lipids).

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. The Research Laboratory Specialist Senior requires 5-6 years of experience and has a salary range of $58,613 to $72,404.

Additional Information

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic employee with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

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, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021. 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.