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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 rabbits. Specifically, the position involves the management of primarily a rabbit breeding colony but may also manage rodent breeding colonies for Primary Investigators, this includes record keeping, ear tagging/tailing, setting up/retiring breeding cages, e-mail correspondence with PI/lab personnel and other specialized lab requests. Identify clinical and behavioral signs of illness in animals and report accordingly. Understand and follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Quality Assurance Standards. Assist animal care supervisor with administrative and other tasks that will require additional training and a high skill level.

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 3-5 years of paid animal experience

* Minimum of 1 year experience working in a laboratory animal setting either in direct care, supportive care, or research

* Certification of American Association for Laboratory Animal Science - Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) within 6 months of being eligible

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*

* Experience working with rabbits, rodents or providing daily care to laboratory animals is highly desirable

* Advanced knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in animal care and laboratory activities

* Advanced knowledge of animal research and breeding procedures and practices   

* Some knowledge of the principles of medical asepsis 

* Skills that demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional, positive, and helpful manner with coworkers, management and research community

* Associate or Bachelor's degree


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

Candidates will be asked to provide proof of degrees, licenses and certifications.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) is to improve 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.  With annual revenues of over $3 billion, UMHS ranks as one of the top academic health centers in the country, and is committed to providing exceptional patient care, facilitating groundbreaking research and developing the next generation of physicians and scientists.  UMHS consists of the Hospitals, Health Centers and Clinics, the University of Michigan Medical School and its Medical Group, and the Michigan Health Corporation

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.