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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.  If you need more information regarding this position, please contact Dr. Zhen Xu,, and Dr. Zhongming Liu,

Job Summary

Highly motivated individual sought for a Research Laboratory Specialist Associate position in research laboratories at the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Michigan. This position will be a 50/50 split between The Histotripsy Lab (, PI: Zhen Xu) and Laboratory of Integrated Brian Imaging (, PI: Zhongming Liu). The Histotripsy lab focuses research on developing novel ultrasound therapy for neurological, oncological, and vascular applications. The Laboratory of Integrated Brian Imaging aims to develop and use magnetic resonance imaging and electrophysiology methods for brain research. The selected candidate will work closely with the two PI’s (Xu and Liu) to manage the lab and coordinate daily laboratory operations.

Biomedical Engineering is a growing dual-school department with reporting lines through both Michigan Medicine and the College of Engineering and this position will serve faculty and their laboratories from both sides of the department.


  • Responsible for daily laboratory operations, including ordering/inventory, ensuring that the lab has updated procedural approval and is in compliance with regulations (IACUC, ULAM, IBC,EHS), preparing animal protocols, hazardous waste disposal, harvesting tissue samples from the animals, and obtaining tissue samples from the hospital.
  • Handle controlled drugs and maintain records.
  • Meet with the PI’s once a month to provide update and discuss opportunities of improvement.
  • Facilitate research of the faculty and students working in the lab; facilitate constructions of lab equipment; Assist in development and design of research projects and implement experimental plans; facilitate routine animal care and experiments.
  • Participate in research/data analysis, and suggest future improvements in data measurement.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in a biological, engineering, or veterinary science.
  • Experience writing and following SOPs.
  • Exceptional work ethic.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Ability to think and work independently.
  • Ability to assess and remedy difficult problems and situations quickly and efficiently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well alone as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to work in physical, hands on environment.
  • Experience with animal handling, care, surgery would be ideal, but not mandatory.

Additional Information

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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.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.