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Job Summary

We are seeking a full-time technician to add to our staff of 4 in the germ free mouse core facility. The position involves working with experimental mice in bacteriological barrier housing that includes germ free bubble isolators, microisolator cages in biohazard safety cabinets, and individual isolator cages. All animal work is performed aseptically. This position requires meticulous attention to detail, and ability to work closely with a small research team under often high-stress conditions. Duties are variable and range from routine and repetitive to unique and individualized. Some physical effort is required.


  • Set up and maintenance of isolators, caging, and ancillary supplies.
  • Microbiological monitoring (sample collection, Gram stain preparation, bacterial culture).
  • Mouse husbandry within biological barriers (cage changes, feed, water, and bedding monitoring and replacement, animal care and health monitoring).
  • Documenting clinical observations of experimental animals,
  • Perform or assist with incoming or outgoing shipments of mice
  • Ear tagging and tail biopsy,
  • Collection of samples (blood, feces, urine, etc), and other research manipulations.
  • Wear a respirator or PAPR for extended periods.
  • Perform or assist in performing minor surgery of mice; and provide post-op care
  • Euthanasia
  • Attend laboratory meetings
  • Report problems clearly and reliably
  • Perform data entry into Microsoft Office applications
  • Work with biohazard, sharps, and Principal Investigators

Required Qualifications*

  • Ability to maintain asepsis, keep records, and follow protocols precisely is essential.
  • Willingness to work with laboratory mice.
  • Basic knowledge of arithmetic, excellent English reading, writing, and speaking skills, and basic understanding of biology and microbiology at the Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree level.
  • Ability to work well with a small but diverse staff.
  • Animal husbandry experience.
  • Experience with regulations pertaining to animal and biohazard research in an AAALAC-regulated university setting.
  • Physical ability sufficient to perform activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of materials that weigh up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander animal byproducts and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to function independently as well as a team member in a team setting.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).

Desired Qualifications*

  • LAT or ALAT certification by the American Association for Lab Animal Science Degree in Veterinary Technology
  • Technical experience in mouse research activities such as blood collection, injection, and gavage
  • Knowledge of mouse breeding procedures and practices

Work Schedule

40 hours per week. Start time may vary. Weekends and holidays are required in rotation with other germ free laboratory staff.

This position is a One Year Appointment

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.