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Job Summary

The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) provides guidance and services to researchers using animals at the University of Michigan. ULAM is seeking individuals to join our team who are committed to the compassionate care of animals. Successful candidates will be motivated, energetic, enthusiastic, and appreciate working in a team environment collaborating in the pursuit of knowledge at one of the world’s leading research universities. 


Provide for the daily care and handling of laboratory animals, mainly rodents. Identify clinical and behavioral signs of illness in animals and report accordingly. Understand and follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Quality Assurance Standards.

Final candidates will be asked to perform certain aspects of the job. This position is considered critical staff under University Reduced Operations definition and an annual influenza vaccination or proof of exemption may be required.

Required Qualifications*

High School diploma and up to 1 year of paid animal experience. Certification of American Association of Laboratory Animal Science – Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician within 4 months of eligibility.

Must be able to function positively both independently and in a team setting. Must be able to communicate and work effectively and professionally with internal and external customers.

Must be able to work between a level of 8” above the floor and up to 7’ above the floor. Requires pushing and pulling of equipment weighing up to 1,000 pounds and performing repetitive motions over extended periods of time. Requires considerable use of arms, legs and activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and the handling of materials which may weigh as much as 50 pounds.

Desired Qualifications*

Associates or Bachelor’s degree. Paid, hands-on animal experience at a farm, pet store, zoo, animal rehabilitation center, or through animal-related course work, etc. Some knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in animal care and laboratory activities. Some knowledge of animal research and the principles of medical asepsis

Experience working with rodents or providing daily care to rodents is highly desirable. 

Work Schedule

Full time/40 hrs weekly/Day shift/M-F/Some weekends and Holidays

Work Locations

May vary between buildings on North, Medical and Central Campuses.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System 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.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System 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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job 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.