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Job Summary

The Assistant Manager is responsible for assisting the Management team in day-to-day operations of a large (approximately 180,000 square feet) decentralized animal facility that houses a variety of laboratory subjects.

This person will report to the Managing Director of Campus Animal Care through the purview of the Attending Veterinarian for daily administrative oversight.


  • Responsible for assuring that the ULAM facilities and husbandry program comply with applicable laws and standards pertaining to the care and use of animals in research.
  • Facilitate communication between husbandry staff, PI’s/research personnel, and other ULAM staff.
  • Provide support, expertise, and direction to the team of supervisors that includes setting priorities, providing feedback, guidance, training and discipline.
  • Assist in developing and implementing standard operating procedures for routine and specialized animal care.
  • Ensures consistency in practices between different teams within husbandry.
  • Act as a liaison between ULAM and other University functions such as EHS and the IACUC.
  • Oversees communication of deviations from approved protocols.
  • Orientating new Principal Investigators to husbandry operations.
  • Routinely performing walk-throughs of housing facilities with Team Supervisors.
  • Provide attendance oversight.
  • Participate in interviewing, selecting, hiring and evaluating personnel.
  • Maintain familiarity with the operation of all equipment and procedures used in husbandry operations in order to train personnel on proper use and troubleshoot problems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree is required in the biological sciences or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Six years’ experience in laboratory animal science and four years’ supervisory and managerial experience in a large laboratory animal facility.
  • AALAS certification at the Technician level or equivalent in experience is necessary. LATG certification will be required within 18 months of eligibility.
  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Proficient in the use and understanding of Word, Excel, and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Applicants should have good organizational skills and be able to work independently.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)
  • Certification by the Institute for Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM)
  • Certified Manager of Animal Resources  (CMAR)
  • Experience in an AAALAC accredited facility and familiarity with labor relations 

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.

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.