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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.

Job Summary

A full-time research assistant position is available for a project entitled, “The impact of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain networks”.  This is a collaborative project that brings together three separate labs in the Department of Psychology (Dr. Thad Polk and Dr. Taraz Lee) and the School of Kinesiology (Dr. Michael Vesia).  The goal of this project is to investigate the causal contributions of distinct brain networks to various cognitive processes such as learning, memory, and motor performance in a variety of contexts.

The successful applicant will conduct work involving healthy adults using multiple methods, such as non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and behavioral experimentation.

This would be an excellent position for a recent graduate seeking to gain additional research experience prior to graduate school. There will be training in multiple methods and opportunities for co-authorship on presentations and publications. The successful candidate will be highly-motivated, reliable, conscientious, and organized.


The research assistant will play an integral role in the establishment and functioning of the project by fulfilling research, management, and supervisory responsibilities.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Administering non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation)
  • Aiding in the collection of functional magnetic resonance imaging scans (fMRI)
  • Writing and maintaining Institutional Review Board protocols
  • Establishing data collection procedures
  • Developing study stimuli and data collection instruments
  • Preliminary data analysis
  • Collecting, entering, processing, managing, and analyzing data
  • Ordering supplies
  • Running and maintaining equipment
  • Organizing materials and resources

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate’s degree
  • At least 1 year of research experience
  • Excellent organizational, communication, problem-solving, writing, and computing skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Attentive to details and able to manage simultaneous projects
  • Eagerness to learn new methods and techniques

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Kinesiology, Cognitive Science, or a related field
  • Experience with electrophysiology (EMG), neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, EEG), or non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (e.g. TMS)
  • Familiarity with computer programming (Python, Java, C++, Matlab, etc)
  • Experience with statistical analysis (SPSS, R, etc.)
  • Research interests in cognition, aging, motor skills, motor learning, and/or action

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

Additional Information

  • One year term-limited position with excellent possibility of extension
  • Start date is negotiable, but must start no later than June 2019, and an earlier start date is preferred. 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.