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Job Summary

We are currently searching for a motivated, engaged, and organized scientist to help manage our newly formed research lab in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. This exciting and challenging opportunity will involve assisting in organizing and setting up the lab space, ordering and assembling equipment, working on animal protocols, and establishing an independent research project. The lab focuses on studying the function of G-protein coupled receptor activity on neural circuitry in the context of pain and drug abuse using electrophysiological and imaging approaches. The successful candidate will have previous experience navigating purchasing and regulatory guidelines and have an interest and ability to carry out cutting edge neuroscience and pharmacology research.


  • Assist PI in managing and overseeing other lab members
  • Pursue an independent research project
  • Assist in data collection, analysis and presentation both written and oral
  • Perform immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, and electrophysiological experiments as required
  • Perform stereotaxic surgeries
  • Assist in ensuring compliance in laboratory operations (IACUC, IRB, Hazardous Materials, etc.)
  • Assist in maintaining and ordering lab supplies and equipment
  • Aid in maintaining animal colony and genotyping

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelors Degree in neuroscience, pharmacology or related field.
  • At least 1-2 years experience in an academic research lab
  • Desire to establish and carry out independent research
  • Self motivated and highly organized
  • Familiarity with basic computer software necessary for data management, analysis, and presentation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well individually and in a team environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in animal handling and surgery
  • Experience with immunohistochemistry, imaging or electrophysiology
  • Ability to navigate the University of Michigan systems for ordering and compliance issues
  • Basic programming experience using MATLAB

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.