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Job Summary

The Pathology Department at the University of Michigan is seeking an Animal Technician Associate.  This position will provide technical assistance in a mouse research laboratory, including husbandry, breeding, record keeping, blood sampling, tissue removal, injections, data entry, and database management.


Provide for daily care of laboratory mice. Identify signs of illness in mice and respond accordingly. Set up and manage mouse breeding cages. Prepare and administer special diets, and drugs that are given by injection. Supervise undergraduate student assistants. Record data on weight, genotype, health outcomes. Prepare tissues and blood samples from mice for biochemical analysis. Become familiar with standard procedures and quality assurance protocols. Record data on mice, and prepare tables and statistical summaries of weight, age, genotype, and tissue availability. Must be able to work independently as part of a team of 15 researchers. Must be able to work at a level 8 inches above floor and up to 6 or 7 feet above floor height. Must be able to work in an environment with exposure to mice, bedding materials, and animal by-products. Requires considerable use of arms and legs, and handling of materials that weigh as much as 50 pounds.

Required Qualifications*

BA or BS in a biological science or in chemistry, plus at least one prior year of full time experience as a research technician in an academic or industrial bioscience laboratory.

Desired Qualifications*

Three or more years as a full time research technician working closely with mice and mouse tissues. Excellent multi-tasking skills. Able to train less-experienced students and technicians. Entirely comfortable with Excel, with at least some familiarity with Access and statistical analysis programs. Certification from American Academy of Laboratory Animal Science highly desirable.

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

Michigan Medicine improves 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.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.