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As an interested applicant, you should attach your CV, a brief statement of research interests and goals, and the names and contact information of 3 references as a single document to your application.

Job Summary

The Department of Pharmacology in combination with the Psychology Department is looking for 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 ongoing studies using rodents (behavioral training, sterotaxic surgery, data entry, rodent handling and feeding), histology (cardiac perfusion, sectioning and staining) 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


  • Perform experiments concerned with the long-term consequences of high fat diet exposure or 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.
  • Assist other laboratory personnel in the conduct of experiments
  • General laboratory maintenance, including keeping records updated, restocking supplies, preparing stock and drug solutions.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's degree in psychology or biological science or related field.
  • Related research experience received while working on degree.
  • Experience with research procedures in the fields of behavioral neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, including animal handling, behavioral testing, basic histological procedures, and preparation of solutions and reagents.
  • Experience with computer-based data analysis, record-keeping, and data organization and 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*

  • 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.