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Job Summary

Highly motivated individual sought for an Research Laboratory Specialist position in the Center for Arrhythmia Research which is part of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at University of Michigan. The candidate will work in projects related to study atrial fibrillation, using a sheep model of atrial fibrillation.


Duties include but are not limited to:

The position encompasses the coordination of all sheep experiments for the laboratory. Both acute and chronic experiments share common duties. These include: ordering sheep and arranging transport to and from the sheep farm; solution preparation; booking necropsy rooms for acute experiments and the operating room for chronic atrial fibrillation sheep; being part of the surgery team to perform pacemaker implantation surgery on sheep, checking and assessing surgically intervened sheep at the farm as well as performing the administration of test drugs at the farm. In addition, the job includes setup of the experimental area (optical mapping area) for both acute and chronic animals and the myocyte isolation area for chronic atrial fibrillation sheep. The job also entails detailed record keeping for animal health and compliance with IACUC regulations.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's Degree is required.  Requires the academic knowledge of a health science discipline such as physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, or pathology, plus the ability to translate, adapt and apply this knowledge.  This is generally associated with a Bachelor’s degree, supplemented by one or more years of progressively responsible experience in the conduct of laboratory health science research, or an equivalent combination of health science education and experience.  History of compliance with IACUC protocols are required.  A demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment.

  • Intermediate Level:  4-5 years of experience in a health science related field.
  • Associate Level:  1-3 years of experience in a health science related field.

Desired Qualifications*

A background in cardiovascular biology/disease is preferred, but not required. Experience with common computer programs including Excel, Photoshop, GraphPad Prizm is preferred.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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