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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

The Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology is currently recruiting for a Research Laboratory Technician to work in a systems neuroscience laboratory.  The Research Technician will work closely with the Principal Investigator and other lab members to perform studies exploring neural circuits underlying behaviors such as feeding, sleep, and learning. Research in the lab will involve neuroanatomy and optogenetics. The Research Technician can expect excellent training and mentorship towards a career in science.

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.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Lab administrative/organizational work - ordering, inventory, interacting with lab safety, setting up and maintaining equipment. 

  • Research work – Histology, microscopy, genotyping, mouse colony maintenance, rodent surgery and training.

Required Qualifications*

Must be creative, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work as part of a team. Must be comfortable working with mice.

  • Research Lab Tech Associate-Requires a Bachelor's degree 
  • Research Lab Tech Intermediate - Requires a Bachelor’s degree with1-3 years of previous lab experience outside of normal course work.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with behavioral neuroscience research, including with specific techniques: mouse husbandry, genotyping, histology, microscopy, and mouse behavioral training.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday. Some duties may require coming in on weekends.  
40 hours per week.

Underfill Statement

The possibility of under filling this position at the Research Laboratory Technician Associate title is possible and will be determined based upon the experience of the applicant.

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.