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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

Provides a wide variety of moderately complex to complex technical lab support for a research facility. Assists in evaluating lab methods, procedures, and techniques based on established objectives as well as analyzing data using complex statistical computer software. Performs library research. Assists in instructing a laboratory academic section in lab methods, procedures and safety.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System 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.


A position for a research technician is available in a multi-disciplinary research group working to understand the neuroscientific basis of sleep-wake states, anesthetic-induced unconsciousness, and sleep-anesthesia interactions. The primary duties will include performing transcardiac perfusion fixation of rodent brains, tissue cryo-sectioning and staining, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence staining, bright field and fluorescence microscopy, and behavioral experiments involving pharmacological interventions through intracerebral microinjection, intraperitoneal or intravenous injection, and controlled anesthetic administration. The successful candidate will also participate in EEG recordings and microdialysis based quantification of brain neurotransmitters in freely moving rodents. Additional duties include daily observation and postoperative care of the animals, accurate maintenance of surgical records, animal husbandry forms, and communication with veterinary staff. Daily observation and postsurgical record keeping may require short trips to the animal facility over weekend days and holidays

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree with 1 to 2 years of experience, preferably in a neuroscience and/or behavioral laboratory and animal laboratory experience is required.


  • Prior experience and demonstrated expertise in performing transcardiac perfusion fixation of rodent brains, tissue sectioning and staining, bright field and fluorescence microscopy, immunohistochemistry is required.


  • The successful candidate must have the motivation and ability to work under minimal supervision. Good communication skills and ability to work well with team members are critical.

Additional Information

Under FLSA, incumbents in this position are nonexempt.

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.  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.