Sr Laboratory Technician, The Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine
Job no: 494546
Work type: Staff
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time
PAY GRADE: 27N
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical laboratory duties in support of instructional and/or research programs. The principal emphasis is on laboratory animal care & husbandry. Independent judgment and practical understanding of the application of scientific techniques are required.
- Responsible for all activities required for the proper care and maintenance of the animals, including routine animal husbandry.
- Perform once daily animal health surveillance checks and report any abnormal conditions of the animals to the vet staff.
- Receive, examine, transfer, identify, and properly house incoming animal shipments according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Sanitize and decontaminate all areas of the facility, as scheduled.
- Dispose of waste from the facility following appropriate SOPs.
- Ensure the integrity of equipment used while perform husbandry duties as well as maintain animal caging and / or support equipment.
- Dispose of animal carcasses following SOPs.
- Assist with the restraint and manipulation of various rodents.
- Understand and follow SOPs, safety procedures, and quality assurance guidelines for animal care at all levels of biohazard containment.
- Maintain a weekly animal census in assigned animal rooms.
- Maintain appropriate logs, forms and cage card information.
- Maintain clean and organized work areas.
- Reports any animal caging and/or support equipment that is not functioning to your supervisor.
- Maintain and repair animal caging and support equipment..
- Weekend, holiday, and after hours work is required as necessary to meet operational needs of the work site.
- Always think safety first when performing daily duties.
- Report any abnormal conditions of the animal rooms, animal facility or immediate vicinity to supervisory staff.
- Perform other duties, as assigned.
Daily requirement to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.
- Requires a minimum of a High School Diploma or GED.
- Two years of experience working with laboratory animals and American Association for Laboratory Animal Science [AALAS] Assistant Animal Technician certification preferred.
- Basic computer skills; ability to work independently from oral and written instructions; technical aptitude; ability to train and instruct others.
- Ability to work well with faculty and students and communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
With or without assistance, must be able to routinely lift up to 50 pounds. Requires dexterity in handling delicate and hazardous materials and the ability to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory materials. Will require a valid vehicle operator’s license and evening, weekend and holiday working hours. In certain units, employment is dependent upon passing a University-specified medical evaluation related to the use of respiratory protection equipment.
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