Senior Scientist - Cheung Lab

Senior Scientist - Cheung Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Job Description

We currently have an opening for a Senior Scientist to join the laboratory of Dr. Vivian Cheung at the University of Michigan. Dr. Cheung’s laboratory studies basic mechanisms in RNA and is particularly interested in the regulatory roles of RNA structure and sequence.  The lab leverages knowledge in human genetics, yeast biology, and nucleic acid chemistry to advance the understanding of how RNA regulates cellular function.  The lab also brings these results to improve mechanistic understanding of motor neuron diseases.


The Senior Scientist will be responsible for designing and carrying out experimental and analytical work, as well as ensuring the seamless operation of the lab.  This role will provide the opportunity for growth and independent research – so it is ideal for someone with deep interests in mechanistic aspects of RNA biology, and the desire to spend the majority of their time on research.


This role will serve as the highest ranking non-Investigator role within the lab and will be responsible for many of the daily operations, as well as assisting with developing solutions to issues that develop.


We are open to providing relocation assistance to candidates outside of the Ann Arbor, MI area.  Please be sure to include a cover letter in your application.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Research:  80%.  Support the collaborative research environment and provide guidance on technical and operational aspects of research.  Develop and implement research projects, as well as identify methodological problems in research protocols and develop solutions to those problems.  Routinely develops innovative techniques and systems required to meet research goals, and may coordinate specialized research functions such as sequencing, mass spectrometry, and microscopy. 


Lab Operations:   10%.  Oversee and/or implement all policies governing the operation of the laboratory.  The candidate will work with Dr. Cheung and other staff members to ensure laboratory safety, protocols, equipment purchasing and maintenance procedures, monitoring of laboratory inventory, maintenance of laboratory server documents, orientation of new laboratory staff, and tracking laboratory spending in order to develop cost-saving practices.


Along with other duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator, the candidate will serve as the senior member of the lab, acting as a resource for both students and staff for a variety of issues.


Financial Management:  10%.  Assist in budgetary recommendations. Compile and prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.


Required Skills

Required Education/Skills


  • PhD. or MD or commensurate work experience required
  • At least 5 years of experience working in a molecular biology laboratory and familiarity with bioinformatics
  • Background in molecular biology, with experience in high-throughput sequencing, human genetics and yeast biology
  • Strong background in chemistry is highly desired
  • A strong desire to mentor and teach students of all levels
  • Ability to work independently with strong communication skills

Required Experience

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-955-908