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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.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Provide for the daily care and handling of laboratory animals, mainly rodents
  • Identify clinical and behavioral signs of illness in animals and report accordingly
  • Understand and follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Quality Assurance Standards 
  • Schedule location could vary across multiple buildings
  • Ability to function independently and also positively in a team setting
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively and professionally with internal and external customers
  • Provide training support to peers
  • This position requires considerable use of arms and legs and activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and the handling of materials which at times weigh as much as 50 pounds
  • Must be able to push and pull equipment weighing up to 1,000 pounds
  • Must be able to work at a level of 8" above the floor and up to 6' to 7' above the floor
  • Must be able to perform repetitive motions over extended periods of time
  • Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal by-products, and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time 
  • Final candidates will be asked to demonstrate their ability to perform certain aspects of the job
  • Candidates will be asked to provide proof of degrees, licenses, certifications
  • Position is considered critical staff under University Reduced Operations definition
  • Annual influenza vaccination or proof of exemption is required
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • High School diploma and up to 1 year of paid animal experience, or an equivalent combination of certification, education and experience providing animal care
  • Certification of American Association for Laboratory Animal Science – Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician within 4 months of eligibility 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Some knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in animal care and laboratory activities
  • Some knowledge of animal research
  • Some knowledge of the principles of medical asepsis
  • Experience working with rodents or providing daily care to rodents is highly desirable 
  • Paid, hands-on animal experience at a farm, pet shop, zoo, animal rehabilitation center, or through animal-related course work, etc.
  • Associate or Bachelor's degree

Work Schedule

Full time/40 hrs weekly/Day shift/M-F/Some weekends and Holidays

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.

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.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.