Research Lab Specialist Assoc

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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 your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Highly motivated individual sought for a Research Laboratory Specialist Associate position in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Michigan. The primary responsibility is to perform electrophysiology and imaging experiments with animal models (rats and mice). The position is under the supervision of Dr. Zhongming Liu, who directs the Laboratory of Integrated Brain Imaging ( and the Engineering Preclinical Imaging Center ( Dr. Liu’s lab is equipped with a 7-Tesla small-animal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, 64-channel electrophysiology system for neural recording and stimulation, 64-channel MRI-compatible electroencephalography (EEG) system, 16-channel MRI-compatible physiological recording system, animal behavioral training and testing, high-performance computing cluster, and has full access to two research dedicated human MRI systems. The lab has research interests in translational neuroscience and neural engineering, and has been actively and continuously funded by NIH, NSF, among others.

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Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

·       Generous time off

·       A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

·       Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

·       Life insurance

·       Long-term disability coverage

·       Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

·       Maternity and Parental Leave


  • Animal neurophysiology, including cranial surgery

  • Animal behavioral studies

  • Animal magnetic resonance imaging

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, biology, physiology, psychology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, biochemistry, or related majors

  • Prior experience in one or multiple of the following areas:

    • animal surgery

    • animal electrophysiology (neurophysiology, gastroenterology)

    • animal behavioral experiments

    • animal magnetic resonance imaging

  • Exceptional work ethic

  • Good communication skills

Work Locations

The Michigan Engineering Office of Biomedical Engineering operates in a hybrid work environment consisting of both in-person and remote work. This position will be classified as an ON-SITE position within the Michigan Engineering STARR classification matrix which means working on campus 5 days per week. You can find more information here:

Additional Information

**Note:  This is a one year term-limited position with the possibility of extension based on need and funding.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.