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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

We have an exceptional translational research opportunity for a highly motivated individual committed to advancing neuroscience.  The position is in a large, world-class laboratory with a vibrant research team.  The new hire will be under primary supervision of a surgeon clinician-scientist and will work alongside a team of technicians, research fellows, and students.  For individuals of high initiative, there is ample opportunity to take part in presenting and publishing scientific work.


  • Collect, process and analyze laboratory samples, along with developing/refining techniques and implementing/troubleshooting research plans.  Excellent fine motor skills are needed for assays of nerve regeneration and reinnervation being studied.
  • Generate primary cultures of neurons and Schwann cells, transfection of plasmids and viral expression, sectioning embedded tissues, protein assays, western analysis, immunoprecipitation, and immunohistochemistry/ immunocytochemistry.
  • Analyze data using imaging microscopes including the laser-scanning confocal, enhanced chemiluminescence, and programs such as SPOT, Metamorph, Fluoview, ChemiDOC, NanoDrop, ImageJ, Prism, Photoshop, and Excel
  • Coordinate scheduling of animal experiments, housing organization, animal behavior testing (mechanical and thermal thresholds, nerve conduction velocities, compound muscle action potentials), and use of motion analysis software for functional recovery.
  • Perform surgery including grafting and subsequent tissue harvest after facial nerve axotomy and reconstruction; implantation of Alzet minipumps, creating Burr holes for injection sites, and peri-operative animal care for central nervous system interventions.
  • Routinely search literature to amplify and manipulate methods and techniques for current studies and prepare current research for publication, presentation at research conferences
  • Perform statistical data presentation and figures/ work on preparation of journal articles, book chapters, grants, yearly progress reports, and related work products.
  • Interact effectively with collaborators whom are a part of the University of Michigan, as well as outside investigators.
  • Implement work flow patterns for self and students being supervised, including coordination and scheduling of experiments, breed animals, genotype animals, design, perform behavioral and phenotypic testing, dissection and processing of tissues, biochemical and immunohistochemical analysis of tissues, inventory tissue and coordinate tissue use within lab and with collaborators.
  • Perform administrative activities including updating UCUCA protocols, placing orders for lab supplies and monitoring budgetary provisions, organizing data collection and input information into animal information management system.

Required Qualifications*

  • BA/BS degree related to Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, or equivalent qualification. Premedical curricula exposure also provides suitable foundation for this laboratory setting.
  • Excellent time management skills and willingness to come in after hours and on weekends as needed.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Fine motor skills for micro-dissection.
  • Experience working with small animal scientific projects, such as rodent or murine studies.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Laboratory experience in biochemical and/or molecular biological research
  • Experience in research design, animal protocols, and/or manuscript writing
  • Proficiency with computer software for data analysis.

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.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System 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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.