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Job Summary

The Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratory, specifically under the leadership of Drs. Daniel D. Myers, Jr. and Jonathan L. Eliason, is looking for a veterinary technician to perform complex clinical work in the treatment and medical care of laboratory animals involved in experimental surgery. This includes administration of drugs and performance of/assistance with surgical procedures, monitoring animal health and environmental conditions, and scheduling/conducting standard laboratory and hematology tests. The technician should be able to care for both rodents and large animals, such as swine or nonhuman primates, and be interested in studying vascular disease. In addition, this posting is for someone who would be willing carry out selected molecular assays and microscopy. If the candidate knows additional molecular techniques it would be beneficial, but not essential. The existing lab personnel can teach these techniques. Interest in learning new techniques and openness to a broader job description is required.


  • Must be able to work independently and under direct supervision of senior veterinary technician Laura Durham.
  • Review, comprehend and comply with all standard operating procedures and quality assurance standards pertaining to laboratory animals for research.
  • Be responsible for the day to day management of federal and or industry sponsored projects
    • Order and inventory supplies, work with administrative and university procurement personnel to secure equipment needed for research projects.
    • Be responsible for pre-surgical set-up of equipment as well as pre-operative, operative, and post-operative care of research animals.
  • The employee can provide research support to additional research projects if primary job responsibilities are met.

Physical demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Required Qualifications*

  • Associates degree in animal health technology in animal or life sciences field preferred, current licensure as a veterinary technician (LVT), and the qualifications needed to obtain licensure as a veterinary technician in the state of Michigan.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience mentioned above. 
  •  Ability to work independently as needed while still working courteously and effectively with others.
  • Ability and willingness to work with many species including but not limited to mice, rats, rabbits, pigs, and nonhuman primates.
  • Experience related to animal handling, methods of blood collection, drug administration, and anesthesiology.
  • Experience conducting diagnostic tests including hematology and clinical chemistry assays.
  • Basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and Emails).
  • Ability to effectively follow verbal and written instructions, exhibiting interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment.
  • Should have strong written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with coworkers.

Work Schedule

  • Hours/Week 40 Hours
  • Normal 40-hour weekday work schedule, potential for flexing this schedule to cover occasional weekends and holidays as needed. 

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 mission of the Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratories is to improve the human condition by preventing, curing and lessening the burden of vascular disease through means of research discovery, while providing a training arena for future vascular surgeons and scientists.

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.