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Provide for daily care of large animals, mainly sheep and swine. Identify signs of illness in large animals and respond accordingly
Monitoring animals under anesthesia and recovery
Ordering animals for research projects and maintain a record of animals available for research
Responsible for accurate record keeping
Responsible for updating laboratory SOP
Requires considerable use of arms and legs, and handling of materials that weigh as much as 50 pounds
Must be able to work in an environment with exposure to laboratory animals, bedding materials, and animal by-products
Participate in weekly laboratory meetings
Communicate and make recommendations related to animal care and animal monitoring to other scientists on the team
Do literature searches related to large animal monitoring, post-operative care, and environmental improvement
Flexibility to work odd or late hours
Oversight of safety and regulatory compliance with OSEH, UCUCA, bio-safety, and various other agencies related regulatory compliance
Time will be divided between anesthesia, post op care, and administrative duties
Order supplies and maintain financial information, and participate in financial meetings
Interact with collaborators as necessary to provide interpretation of study results
Must be able to work independently as part of a team of 15 principal investigators.
Train personnel in existing laboratory techniques and procedures, explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operation limitation and outcomes
Maintain laboratory inventory and research equipment
Supervise undergraduate student assistants

Required Qualifications*

BA, BS or degree/certificate related to the position and 1-2 years of experience
Experience working with large animals and/or farm animals
Flexibility to work odd or late hours, if needed
Exceptional work ethic in a highly competitive environment
Ability to communicate clearly the results of his/her experiments to other team members
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Familiarity with basic laboratory instrumentation and maintenance of laboratory equipment
Proficient record keeping
Excellent multitasking skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Veterinary technician or similar degree and/or training
  • Familiarity with University research administration policies and procedures
  • Training on the University Procurement system
  • Hands on skills and experience in handling large type farm animals (sheep and pigs)
  • Three or more years’ experience as a full time research technician
  • Able to train less-experienced students and technicians
  • Entirely comfortable with Microsoft software (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), with at least some familiarity with access and statistical analysis programs

Work Schedule

Flexibility to work odd or late hours, if or when needed.

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.

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.