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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

Dr. Jonathan Morrow’s lab is seeking a laboratory specialist to help to plan and execute experiments and oversee day-to-day activities in a basic neuroscience research laboratory. The research conducted in this laboratory uses rats and human subjects to examine individual differences in emotionality and relevance to mental illness, including substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Multiple behavioral assays including Pavlovian fear conditioning, autoshaping, drug self-administration, conditioned suppression, and single prolonged stress procedures will be used to address the research questions at hand. Molecular techniques such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunohistochemistry will be used to examine the neural correlates of these behaviors, and targeted in-vivo brain manipulations such as stereotactic microinjections, viral vector gene insertion, and optogenetics will be used to investigate the influence of specific neural circuits on behavior.


The applicant will be expected to assist with studies from conception to data analysis and report writing. Responsibilities include overseeing and assisting with multiple experiments, ordering laboratory materials, organizing and maintaining financial records, keeping laboratory records (e.g. chemical hygiene, radioactivity, animal protocols) up-to-date, supervising undergraduate students, and assisting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and relevant laboratory experience for at least 1 year. Applicants must have prior experience working with rodents.

Desired Qualifications*

Exceptional organizational skills, an engineering background, and familiarity with behavioral testing using sophisticated programming systems such as Med Associates, Inc. are all highly valued. Salary will be commensurate with prior experience.  Applicants should be highly motivated, have established ability to communicate in English, and be interested in linking basic research to potential clinical relevance.

Work Schedule

The work flow is generally 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. However, the work schedule must be flexible and able to accommodate occasional weekends and off-hours as necessary to complete certain experiments.

Work Locations

Ann Arbor Main Campus and Medical Campus

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.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

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.

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.


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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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