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Job Summary

The Department of Neurosurgery is seeking a highly motivated individual with an engineering, bioengineering, or related background to serve as a research assistant (09/2018 - 06/2019).  This individual will work on the development of two novel neurovascular medical devices that are currently being developed as a collaboration between the Department of Neurosurgery and  Mechanical Engineering. They will gain experience in medical device research and design and a wide array of animal and cadaver testing. There is also multiple opportunities to be involved in grant submissions and academic publications. This job is perfect for someone looking for a gap year experience before starting medical school or other professional degree.


  • Support research and development activities for two projects - a novel mechanical thrombectomy device to treat stroke and an angioscope used to identify at-risk atherosclerotic plaques. 
  • Develop and complete in-vitro device testing in endovascular simulator.
  • Develop and complete in-vivo and ex-vivo animal and cadaver testing to assess the safety and efficacy of the devices. 
  • Develop new equipment and fixturing to support testing that mimics clinically relevant conditions.

Required Qualifications*

  • Received (or pursuing) a BS in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or related field.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior experience in laboratory setting.
  • Experience writing test protocols and reports.
  • Experience producing design documentation such as design input requirements, design failure modes and effects analysis, etc. 
  • Experience with FDA guidance, external standards, and regulatory requirements for medical devices.
  • Prior experience with animal and cadaver testing.
  • Interest in neurosurgical, engineering, and medical fields. 
  • Excellent written and communication skills. 

Additional Information

10 month long, paid full-time position starting 9/2018

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.