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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 Psychology Department seeks a research technician. Research in the lab examines the neurobiology of drug addiction and obesity; projects conducted jointly in the labs of Carrie Ferrario and Terry Robinson. Responsibilities include supporting and assisting with ongoing studies using rodents (particularly intravenous drug self-administration, jugular catheter surgeries), transgenic rodent colony maintenance (breeding, ear tagging, weaning), ordering supplies, record keeping for lab compliance and general lab maintenance.

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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  Retirement Savings Opportunities


  • 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*

  • A Bachelor's degree in psychology or biological science or related field and a minimum of 1 year of related research experience is required.
  • 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.

In order to be considered for this position, the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment.

Desired Qualifications*

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

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.