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Research Lab Specialist Assoc
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 05/25/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

How to Apply

A cover letter is optional 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.


The Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Research laboratory, for more than 40 years the laboratory has been funded by the NIH.  We work with large animal surgical models developing new ways to improve patients lives through new techniques and device development in artificial organs, organ procurement, and preservation.  The laboratory is a dynamic, fun loving, educational environment.  We are seeking talented individuals with a degree in the fields of Biology, Animal Science, Veterinary Technology, or similar field, ideally with expertise in large animal anesthesia and post-operative care to work in our laboratory located in Ann Arbor, MI.  

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.  Our laboratory, focuses on research in cardiopulmonary physiology, pathophysiology, bioengineering and device development.  The goal of all the projects in the laboratory is to improve the treatment of acute organ failure with mechanical devices including extracorporeal circulation. 

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
  • Retirement Savings Opportunities


  1. Perform various bleeding techniques, perform anesthesia/sedation.  Extensive training is provided; candidates need to be comfortable working with large animals in a laboratory setting.
  2. Collect samples (tissue, blood, urine), perform husbandry tasks on sheep, swine, and rabbits.  
  3. Monitor the health and wellbeing of pre and post-surgical animals in an ICU setting
    1. Identify signs of illness in large animals and respond accordingly
    2. Perform basic daily care of animals in an ICU setting.
  4. Compliance with regulatory agencies, USDA, IACUC, EHS
  5. Assist with day to day administrative tasks, such as tracking training, developing documents etc.
  6. Captures a broad range of data utilizing the ECLS lab system and manually records data
  7. Assist with training and education of undergraduate/graduate students on complex surgical procedures under sedation and/or anesthesia.
  8. Assist in development and design of research projects and implement experimental plans, as designed.
  9. Attend weekly meetings/conferences.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required and 1-3 years of experience in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted, including relevant undergraduate and graduate student work experience  Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • Bachelor degree in any Life Sciences including Biology, Associate degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or Associate degree in Veterinary Technology. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education.
  • Personnel with these experiences will be preferred candidates: monitoring large animal anesthesia (preferably sheep or pig), ICU management, experience with CPB, or artificial devices. 
  • Passion for providing excellent care, commitment to quality and dedication to always to the right thing.
  • Ability to multi-task, think and work independently and in a team environment.
  • Exceptional work ethic.
  • Ability to assess, adapt and remedy issues in an intense fast paced surgical environment.
  • Ability to train less experienced personnel.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment.
  • Proven excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt schedule, within reason to accommodate the needs of animal care/lab work.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends is required approximately 20 hours per week.
  • Ability to work in fast passed, physical, hands on environment, stand for long periods of time and lift a minimum of 50lbs.
  • Minimum 2-year commitment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Previous work experience with large livestock type animals, preference given to candidates with surgical or anesthesia experience in these animals.
  • Bachelor degree in any Life Sciences including Biology, Associate degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or Associate degree in Veterinary Technology. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education.
  • Knowledge of anesthesia or experience performing anesthesia in animals or humans.
  • Familiarity with physiology and/or patient post-operative care highly preferred but not required.
  • Experience writing and following SOPs.

Work Schedule

This position is 40-hours per week, preferred hours are 8:00AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday, however we are very flexible. This position may have a mix of an onsite and remote work schedule, this is subject to change based on the needs of the lab.  Flexibility in hours or telecommuting may be granted to accommodate work-life balance.  Independently working individuals may work up to 32-40 hours remotely, once familiar with the lab.

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.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

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

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