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Job Summary

A position is available immediately in the Neuronal Control of Metabolism Laboratory. We are seeking an energetic and motivated individual to join our team as a full-time Research Laboratory Technician Intermediate. As the selected candidate, you will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Paula Goforth, and senior laboratory personnel within the Neuronal Physiology Core, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, to support multiple research projects. Our laboratory examines the neural control of metabolism and motivated behaviors, using multiple techniques that include: electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics, fiber photometry, behavioral assays, and circuit mapping.

The ideal candidate will have experience with calcium imaging and/or behavioral experiments, and prior work with animals. Exceptional trouble-shooting capabilities are essential.

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
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Conducting in vivo and ex vivo calcium measurements
  • Rodent behavioral experiments with careful attention to detail
  • Immunohistochemistry and microscopy
  • Data analysis
  • Day-to-day support of lab activities including ordering and maintaining of supplies

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate’s degree
  • At least 1 year of research lab experience
  • Ability to work independently

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*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Engineering, or related field
  • Experience conducting ex vivo calcium imaging
  • Experience conducting rodent behavioral experiments
  • Willingness to learn multiple techniques

Additional Information

NOTE:  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.