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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

Under direct supervision of the Principal Investigator and/or laboratory manager, provides routine technical support to manage a zebrafish colony that houses over 10,000 fish for the study of the genetics of blood clotting disorders and porphyria


  • Management of zebrafish colony including daily feeding of fish, maintaining a brine shrimp hatchery and rotifers, monitoring and maintaining water quality, maintaining records, collecting embryos and providing care to pediatric fish (50%)
  • Maintain fish facility in a clean and orderly manner in compliance with EHS and ACUO and IACUC university requirements, cleaning fish tanks and tank parts, standardizing probes for pH and conductivity, changing filters, maintaining and/or troubleshooting pumps and associated equipment (30%)
  • Breed fish to maintain transgenic and wild type lines
  • Screen transgenic embryos using fluorescent microscopy (14%)
  • Manage the activities of 1-4 undergraduate employees
  • Participate in laboratory meetings
  • Provide technical support according to the overall project goals as developed by Principal Investigator (6%)

Required Qualifications*

  • Responsible, reliable and trustworthy individual with excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Must demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Show initiative and ability to learn new skills or techniques
  • Must be able to work weekends and respond to system alarms as needed
  • Prior aquatic or zebrafish husbandry experience
  • Must be able to lift water filled tanks, filter bags and carbon containers that span a weight range of 10-60 lbs. on a routine basis
  • Excellent attendance, ability to prioritize appropriately and exercise good judgement

Desired Qualifications*

  • One-year experience in a research setting relevant to the position
  • Experience with troubleshooting plumbing, pumps and water quality controllers
  • Familiarity with University/Michigan Medicine research administration, systems, policies and/or procedures

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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.