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Sr. Lab Technician, Office of Laboratory Animal Medicine

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



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.


  • Performs a variety of technical duties involved in conducting or assisting in scientific tests.
  • Responsible for the daily care and health of laboratory animals in compliance with USDA and PHS policies and guidelines.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of animal facilities and equipment in compliance with USDA and PHS policies and guidelines.
  • Administers treatments, including injections, to laboratory animals as prescribed.
  • Procures and sets up laboratory equipment, instruments and materials used in performing scheduled tests or experiments in the laboratory.
  • Operates various electronic devices in the collection, tabulation and/or calculation of data.  
  • Maintains and operates standard laboratory equipment, which may include pH meter, cleaning and sterilizing instruments, glassware, cages, etc.
  • Records experimental procedures, measurements, observations, and results of tests; recognizes and documents any deviation from expected results.
  • Maintains necessary records for reports.
  • Responsible for requisition, security, and inventory of animals, supplies and/or equipment.
  • Prepares and/or processes samples for analyses.
  • Under the direction of the attending veterinarian, facility manager and the principal investigator, maintains animal breeding colonies.
  • Performs other job-related 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 and three years of experience working with laboratory animals.
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science [AALAS] Assistant Animal Technician certification required. Must be able to obtain the certification within one year of hire date.
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of laboratory animal techniques, procedures, instrumentation, and principles of the appropriate science; scientific math including conversions.
  • 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 to 50 pounds. 
  • Requires dexterity in handling delicate and hazardous materials.
  • Ability to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory materials. 
  • Valid vehicle operator’s license.
  • 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.


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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