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A full-time Research Technician Position is immediately available in the Werneburg Lab in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our lab focuses on understanding how microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain, and immune pathways regulate visual neural circuits. Our lab utilizes various cutting-edge techniques such as super-resolution confocal microscopy, transcriptomics, proteomics, mouse genetics, animal behavior, and numerous molecular biology techniques to study how microglia and other immune cell populations regulate the development and refinement of synaptic circuits in health and disease. Our primary disease focus includes, but is not limited to, Multiple Sclerosis and related demyelinating pathologies, as well visual system disorders and Alzheimer's disease.

We are seeking a commitment from motivated individuals who desire to provide a technical support role and contribute to the management of the lab. The candidate will provide technical support and collaborate with postdocs and graduate students on scientific projects. Previous experience working in rodent models, histological preparation of tissues, and microscopy are preferred. In addition, they will also be asked to contribute to managing the laboratory. This includes ordering, maintaining finances, keeping instruments in working order, and onboarding and training new individuals who enter the lab. Candidates should feel comfortable working with mice (prior experience preferred but not necessary), work well in a group, and have a strong ability to multitask.

Interested individuals should reach out to Dr. Sebastian Werneburg at

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


Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Research Laboratory Technician, performs a variety of specimen preparatory techniques, dry lab data collection, and routine laboratory maintenance.
• Perform a variety of laboratory experiments using both routine and special techniques and methods
•  Assist with rodent handling and maintenance and animal experiments
• Assist in more complex laboratory tasks
• Collect, analyze, and process laboratory samples
• Record results, organize data, and perform computations
• Compile and analyze data. Perform computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
• Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment
• Comply with all safety and infection control standards
• Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Review literature.
• Train new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
• Design and execute protocols and experiments, modify protocols as needed, and may be responsible for own research project
• Perform other duties as required.

Required Qualifications*

• Bachelor's degree in Biological Science or equivalent experience
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
• Ability to perform duties independently
• Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
• Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems

Desired Qualifications*

Previous experience working in rodent models, histological preparation of tissues, microscopy, and basic wet lab techniques including molecular biology and biochemistry is preferred.

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, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.