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Job Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated Laboratory Assistant for a full-time position with the Vision Research Morphology and Imaging Core that prepares vertebrate eye tissue for histological analysis and provides access to light and epi-fluorescence microscopes.  This individual will perform will histology in support of individual investigators, as act as a resource for consultation during project-planning, and train members of associated vision research laboratories who wish to learn histology and imaging techniques.


Laboratory duties include specimen preparation, specimen embedding, microtomy (e.g. cryo, paraffin, JB-4), histological staining, and microscopy, with minimal supervision. Education duties include initial training in histology and microscope techniques to members of the eye research community, as well as subsequent follow-up advice as necessary.  Consultation with research investigators during grant or project planning will be provided.  Experience with animal perfusion and digital imaging is a plus, but not required. Additional duties include lab maintenance, monitoring lab supplies, generation of periodic reports, and reviewing and updating of laboratory procedures.

Required Qualifications*

Position requires a bachelor’s degree in a science discipline with 2-3 years of experience in histology and microscopy, plus strong organizational skills. Highly motivated with the ability to work independently with little supervision as well as work in a group situation. Willingness to learn and adapt new skills as need to perform laboratory duties.  A background in neuroscience is preferred but not essential.

Desired Qualifications*

Requires the academic knowledge of a health science discipline such as microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy, pathology, nursing, dental hygiene or medical technology, plus the ability to translate, adapt and apply this knowledge that is generally associated with a Bachelor's degree, supplemented by one or more years of progressively responsible experience in the conduct of scientific research or an equivalent combination of science education and experience.  Demonstrated ability to multi-task.  Apparent positive people skills.

Background Screening

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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.