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Interested candidates should attach their CV, a brief statement of research interests and goals, and the names and contact information of 3 references as a single document to their application.

Job Summary

The Department of Pharmacology in combination with the Department of Psychology is in search of a Research Technician. This position will assist in the conduct of studies concerning the psychological and neurobiological consequences of different patterns of cocaine self-administration behavior. In particular, it has recently become apparent that intermittent patterns of cocaine self-administration (IntA) have very different effects on brain and behavior than more oft used long access (LgA)procedures. This is of considerable importance for the development of realistic animal models of addiction. Thus, we seek someone interested in assisting in the conduct of behavioral (using self-administration and behavioral economic procedures) and/or neurobiological studies primarily focused on glutamate plasticity (using biochemical and electrophysiological approaches).

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.


  • Execute experiments concerned with the long-term consequences of exposure to drugs of abuse using rats and procedures from the fields of behavioral neuroscience and behavioral pharmacology (including behavioral testing, intravenous drug delivery, small animal surgery, histology).
  • Troubleshoot problems and recommend solutions.
  • Collect, organize, analyze and graph data.
  • Rodent colony management including breeding and genotyping.
  • Assist other laboratory personnel in the conduct of experiments, including teaching specific procedures and methods and the use of equipment, and help manage the laboratory.
  • General laboratory maintenance, including keeping records up-to-date, restocking supplies, preparing stock and drug solutions.
  • Serve as the lab contact person for ordering supplies and equipment, and with ULAM regarding animal concerns.

Required Qualifications*

Requirements for Senior level classification - A Bachelor's degree in psychology or biological science or related field and a minimum of 3 years of related research experience is required.

Requirements for Intermediate level classification - A Bachelor's degree in psychology or biological science or related field and a minimum of 1 year of related research experience is required.

Requirements for Associate level classification - A Bachelor's degree in psychology or biological science or related field is required.

Requirements for all classification levels - Experience with research procedures in the fields of behavioral neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, including animal handling, small animal surgery, stereotaxic surgery, behavioral testing, basic histological procedures, preparation of solutions and reagents, and construction of intravenous catheters.  Good organizational skills, including record-keeping, data organization and analysis.  Experience with computer-based data analysis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience or Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Proficiency in drug self-administration procedures and behavioral testing

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.