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We are seeking a full-time animal technician to add to our staff of 4 in the germ free mouse core facility. The position involves working with experimental mice in bacteriological barrier housing that includes germ free bubble isolators, microisolator cages in biohazard safety cabinets, and individual isolator cages. All animal work is performed aseptically. This position requires meticulous attention to detail, and ability to work closely with a small research team under often high-stress conditions. Duties are variable and range from routine and repetitive to unique and individualized. Some physical effort is required.
Duties may include (but are not limited to):
Set up and maintenance of isolators, caging, and ancillary supplies.
Mouse husbandry within biological barriers (cage changes, feed, water, and bedding monitoring and replacement, animal care and health monitoring).
Documenting clinical observations of experimental animals,
Perform or assist with incoming or outgoing shipments of mice
Ear tagging and tail biopsy,
Collection of samples (blood, feces, urine, etc), and other research manipulations.
Wear a respirator or PAPR for extended periods.
Perform or assist in performing minor surgery of mice; and provide post-op care
Attend laboratory meetings
Report problems clearly and reliably
Perform data entry into Microsoft Office applications
Work with biohazard, sharps, and Principal Investigators
HS diploma and minimum 1 year experience in an animal caretaker position.
Must obtain ALAT certification within 4 months of eligibility
Physical ability sufficient to perform activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of materials that weigh up to 50 lbs.
Ability to work in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander animal byproducts and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time
Ability to function independently as well as a team member in a team setting
Some knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in animal care and laboratory activities
Some knowledge of animal research and breeding procedures and practices
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
Associate or Bachelor’s degree
40 hours per week. Start time may vary. Weekends and holidays are required in rotation with other germ free laboratory staff.
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