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Job Summary

Responsible for day-to-day operations of a multiuser, Zebrafish and aquatic frog facility, as well as long-term maintenance and management in cooperation with the principal users. This position will report to both the Chair of Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology and the Managing Director of Campus Animal Care.


  • Daily operation and upkeep of the facility including feeding, monitoring water conditions and colony health, stock maintenance, and staff training
  • Coordination of regulatory and compliance activities
  • Oversite to facility access, training of facility users
  • Breeding and stock maintenance
  • Creation and maintenance of SOPs, manuals, and novel techniques
  • Document and Log new stocks from the nursery
  • Direct work of students and temporary staff
  • Track and compile nursery viability rates
  • Perform routine and non-routine facility maintenance
  • Assist Facility users with routine Facility operations and occasional experiments
  • Emergency availability: Occasional after-hours emergency availability to respond to health and environmental situations as they arise
  • Record data, summarizes, and analyzes results using basic statistics
  • Prepares laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and equipment
  • Maintains supplies inventory in accordance with departmental procedures

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent level of related research animal experience
  • Able to function independently and show initiative in keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in Zebrafish husbandry.
  • Strong skills in data management and organization
  • Two years of experience in providing direct care to aquatic species in a laboratory or equivalent environment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in direct management of an aquatics facility in a laboratory setting
  • Specialized training in aquaculture
  • Able to work well with multiple Facility users with varying levels of expertise, including students, fellows, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience with software used for data management, such as Microsoft Excel or other database software

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 40hrs/ some weekends/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.

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.

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