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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.


A position for a research technician is available in a multi-disciplinary research group working to understand the neuroscientific basis of sleep, wakefulness, anesthetic-induced unconsciousness and sleep-pain interactions. The major duties will include performing rodent (rat and mouse) stereotaxic survival surgeries for intracerebral vector delivery, implantation of intracerebral electrodes, guide tubes and optical fibers.  Rat surgeries may also include femoral or jugular vein cannulation.  The candidate is also expected to perform/assist with transcardiac perfusion fixation of brains, tissue sectioning and staining, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, conducting electrophysiological recordings and behavioral experiments involving pharmacological interventions through intracerebral microinjection, intraperitoneal or intravenous injection, and controlled anesthetic administration.  Additional duties include daily observation and postoperative care of the animals, accurate maintenance of surgical records, animal husbandry forms, and communication with veterinary staff.  Daily observation and postsurgical record keeping may require short trips to the animal facility over weekend days and holidays. 

Required Qualifications*

A minimum of bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline and at least 1-2 year of animal laboratory experience is required.  Manual dexterity for microsurgery is essential. Experience in stereotaxic surgery in rodents and prior work with transgenic mice (including managing a colony) is desirable. The successful candidate will have the motivation and ability to work under minimal supervision.  A long-term commitment to work in the advertised position is expected.

Background Screening

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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.