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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 why you are interested in this position and outline specific skills and experience that make you particularly appropriate for this position.

Job Summary

A full-time Research Lab Specialist Associate position is open in Assistant Professor Omar Ahmed’s neural circuits and neuropsychiatric therapies lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  The lab combines cutting-edge in vivo & slice electrophysiology, 2-photon imaging and optogenetic control of behavior in mice running in virtual reality environments, together with computational modeling.  The lab’s goal is to understand the neural circuits that underlie spatial navigation & memory and how these circuits go wrong in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The Lab Specialist will work closely with Dr. Ahmed to help support all of the lab’s research projects.  The ideal candidate will have strong experience and ability to independently manage at least two of the following: detail-oriented rodent behavioral experiments, rodent colony management, slice physiology, and/or python/Matlab programming. In addition, the candidate must have exceptionally strong organizational and interpersonal skills and a desire to learn new things every day.  The Lab Specialist will be solving new problems with a large degree of independence in a fast-moving, cutting-edge neuroscience environment, while facilitating the lab’s day-to-day operations.  The Lab Specialist will also be guided to develop their own research project while in the lab, and this position is ideal for those considering applications to graduate or medical school in the near future.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


  • Conducting independent high quality slice physiology and imaging experiments
  • Rodent behavioral experiments with careful attention to detail
  • Independent analysis of electrophysiological data
  • Day-to-day support of lab activities including mice breeding, and ordering and maintaining of supplies

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering or a related discipline
  • 3-4 years of research experience
  • At least 2 years of lab experience
  • Evidence of outstanding organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Master’s degree in neuroscience, biopsychology, engineering, computer science or a related discipline
  • Extensive rodent behavioral and/or slice physiology experience (ideally having worked with transgenic mice behaviors and/or whole cell patching experiments)
  • Willingness to learn modern neuroscience methods and computational techniques

Additional Information

  • Please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate's experience.
  • This position is term-limited to one year with the possibility of renewal.
  • The exact start date is flexible but would ideally be in November.

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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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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