Gnotobiotic Animal Care Assistant

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California, United States
Saturday, 24 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is seeking a highly motivated Gnotobiotic Animal Care Assistant (Animal Care Assistant II) for a role in our ambitious new effort to build the microbiome from scratch. Our goal is to take advantage of the tremendous promise of the microbiome to treat human disease.

Candidates should have good hands and strong organizational skills. Ideal candidates are self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, and embrace opportunities to tackle new problems and challenges as part of a dynamic team in a start-up-like environment within the University.

This position will be involved in maintaining a gnotobiotic mouse facility, working independently to support various research projects. The ideal candidate will be able to attain a high degree of independence in helping maintain the mouse colony and gnotobiotic facility. Candidate will need to demonstrate aptitudes in foresight, planning, and an ability to organize and schedule the many tasks associated with running a gnotobiotic mouse facility. Some ability to build and assemble equipment is desired. Understanding the principals of sterilization is a key facet of the position. If you have these skills and the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, then this may be the position for you!


  • Perform basic functions and activities involved in maintenance of gnotobiotic mouse facility and defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.
  • Your responsibilities include*:
  • Basic mouse care and husbandry, including feeding and watering as well as cage maintenance, according to standard operating procedures or research protocols
  • Observe and record signs of unusual appearance, behavior, illness, or death in mice; complete and maintain forms as required
  • Clean and maintain job-related equipment and animal rooms
  • Building, modification, and sterilizing of gnotobiotic isolators and other supplies
  • Keep accurate and complete records on animal inventories and activities as required by various regulatory agencies
  • Adhere to safety rules

* Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • One year of applicable animal care experience in a research or animal laboratory environment or a combination of equivalent education and work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to operate sterilizing equipment
  • Ability to handle small animals
  • Demonstrated habits of cleanliness and neatness
  • Ability to keep detailed records pertaining to animal census, cage inventory, and cage washing and sterilizing temperatures
  • Ability to follow oral and/or written instructions in English
  • Ability to learn techniques and procedures required to care for and handle mice
  • Ability to operate a variety of equipment, such as cage washer or sterilizing equipment
  • Ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds, e.g. feed bags or cages
  • Ability to work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment
  • Familiarity with NIH guidelines, Stanford animal care and use policies, and USDA regulations
  • Ability to safely operate hand-truck, forklift, pallet jack machines, as well as non-commercial vans, trucks and light transit vehicles


  • Experience performing mouse husbandry using gnotobiotic isolators, including monitoring mouse conditions and sterilization of materials for introduction into germ-free isolators.
  • Experience with mouse colony maintenance.
  • Basic mouse handling skills, including oral gavage and blood draw.


  • Often lift and carry materials weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Frequently handle materials up to 20 lbs. Occasionally carry/pull up to 60 pounds, push over 60 pounds.
  • Walk/stand for long periods.
  • Bend, squat, reach above the shoulder level.
  • Often use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Required vision abilities includes close, distance, color, peripheral and depth perception
  • Ability to talk and to hear.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May required to work overtime, evenings, and weekends, including Holidays, sometimes in inclement weather conditions.
  • Work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment.
  • May be exposed to dust, fumes or gases, chemical or toxic substances.


Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,, and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement at

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  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
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How to Apply

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 5844
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A16
  • Requisition ID: 84423