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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

Highly motivated individual sought for a Research Laboratory Specialist Associate position in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Michigan. The position is with the Laboratory of Integrated Brain Imaging ( The primary responsibility is to prepare rats and mice for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using a 7 Tesla MRI system in the Engineering Preclinical Imaging Center ( The selected candidate will work closely with Dr. Zhongming Liu on NIH-funded projects that use MRI to image the brain, the stomach, and their interactions.  Contact:

**This is a one year term-limited position with the possibility of extension based upon need and funding.


  • Perform routine care and handling of rats and mice
  • Perform behavioral training or testing for rats and mice
  • Perform animal preparation for magnetic resonance imaging or electrophysiology
  • Perform animal surgery and post-surgical care
  • Facilitate animal research by the faculty, students, and postdocs in the lab

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in a biological, engineering, or veterinary science
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Good communication skills
  • At least two years of experience with animal handling and care
  • Ideally but not necessarily, prior experience with
    • animal surgery
    • animal electrophysiology (neurophysiology, gastroenterology)
    • animal behavioral experiments

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.