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Job Summary

The research conducted in this laboratory uses rats to examine individual differences in emotionality and relevance to mental illness, including substance abuse. We need assistance in planning and executing both behavioral and basic neuroscience experiments. Duties will include overseeing daily activities in the laboratory, supervising undergraduates, assisting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with experiments, ordering laboratory supplies, maintaining financial records and making sure everything is in good working order for the daily functioning of the lab.


Responsibilities include overseeing and assisting with multiple experiments, ordering laboratory materials, organizing and maintaining financial records, keeping laboratory records (e.g. chemical hygiene, radioactivity, biohazard and animal protocols) up-to-date, supervising undergraduate students, assisting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our behavioral assays include Pavlovian conditioning procedures (autoshaping), drug self-administration, conditioned place preference, and psychomotor sensitization. In addition, molecular techniques such as immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and radioimmunoassays are regularly used. Jugular catheterization surgeries and stereotaxic surgeries are performed on a regular basis. These combined approaches allow us to examine the neural circuitry underlying the behaviors of interest. The applicant will be expected to assist with studies from conception to data analysis and is expected to keep good records of experiments, results, etc. The applicant will also be expected to perform routine library work, including finding relevant literature.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have exceptional organizational skills and be extremely reliable. Applicants should have prior experience working with rats and conducting behavioral studies, and also have technical experience with stereotaxic surgeries, viral infusions, pharmacological studies and immunohistochemical procedures. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience. Applicants should be proficient with Excel and basic Microsoft Office applications. Applicants should be highly motivated and have established ability to communicate in English and be a good “team player". Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in a related field and relevant laboratory experience for at least 2 years.

Desired Qualifications*

Applicants should be familiar with behavioral testing equipment using sophisticated programming systems such as Med Associates, Inc. and CleverSys, Inc. Proficiency with SPSS and a solid understanding of statistics is desired. Masters degree preferred.

Work Schedule

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

Work Locations

Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Background Screening

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Mission Statement

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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.