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Job Summary

The Department of Neurology is seeking to fill a full-time biomedical research technician position in a basic/translational research laboratory. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher who has an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders and epilepsy to work in a collaborative setting. While expertise in specific techniques is not a requirement, the successful candidate should have general laboratory experience and be highly motivated to learn and work in a collaborative research environment with a team of scientists including post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and senior researchers. The successful candidate will work on projects in basic/translational research utilizing mouse models as well as molecular genetics.  

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


The candidate will work both independently and as part of a team participating in basic science/applied bench research using a combination of genetic, cellular and molecular approaches, including mouse. Major duties include:

  1. Maintain transgenic and mutant mouse colonies. This will include setting up and monitoring breeding cages, genotyping, gender determination, appropriate methods of anesthesia and euthanasia.
  2. Animal tissue dissections; tissue fixation and sectioning; immunohistochemical staining and immunofluorescent staining; digital fluorescence microscopy; image analysis using software such as ImageJ.
  3. Animal surgery training will be provided. The candidate will be asked to perform/assist well-established procedures in the lab including EEG implantation, stereotactic surgery and in utero electroporation.
  4. The applicant is required to perform RNA/Protein isolation, qRT-PCR, Western blot, microscopy, and gel electrophoresis.

This position includes other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree is required with 1-2 years of animal and laboratory research experience and management of animal colonies, along with excellent interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written English communication skills, and the ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.

Desired Qualifications*

Master's degree with focus in biomedical sciences and 2 or more years experience is desired, but not required.

Candidates with prior laboratory experience at a research university are preferred. Experience with animal handling/dissection, qRT-PCR, Western blot, immunohistochemistry or fluorescence-based tissue staining is desired. Experience with EEG implantation, stereotactic surgery and in utero electroporation is highly valued.

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.


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