Assistant Laboratory Technician
The Assistant Laboratory Technician is responsible for performing routine animal husbandry duties and technical procedures in one or more animal facilities. This is an occasional position.
- Perform routine animal husbandry duties including cleaning, feeding, and watering of laboratory animal species.
- Follow established policies, procedures, safety, and infection control guidelines.
- Under general supervision, anticipate, coordinate and perform various specialized technical procedures as assigned (e.g., set up breeding pairs; check for plugs; wean, sex, and tail biopsy rodents; implement environmental enrichment program; collect biological samples; administer injections; receive and house new animal shipments).
- Communicate observations to research personnel and OLAR and GEMS staff in a timely manner.
- Observe animals in assigned work areas and report any sick, injured, or distressed animals to the veterinary staff in a timely manner.
- Perform veterinary treatment in consultation with the veterinarian.
- Perform euthanasia as requested following AVMA and IACUC approved guidelines.
- Maintain accurate and complete records including, but not limited to: animal health reports, medical, breeding colony, and inventory records, husbandry and environmental enrichment logs, etc.
- Clean and maintain animal housing and support areas.
- Assist in stocking of supplies in animal housing rooms.
- Perform routine maintenance of equipment within assigned work area (e.g. ventilated racks, HEPA filtered workstations, and related equipment). Report malfunctioning equipment in a timely manner.
- Participate in training and continuing education activities as required by federal guidelines and accreditation standards.
- Practice a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.
- Handling biohazard and cytotoxic materials.
- Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.
- Atmospheric conditions that affect skin or respiratory system.
- Likely exposure to animal dander, diseases, odors, and bites.
- Likely exposure to housekeeping/cleaning agents/chemicals.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate effective organizational skills.
- Maintain legible logs and records.
- Perform duties in accordance with department policies/procedures.
- Bottle filler.
- Flexible film isolators.
- Floor Scrubber.
- Rack Washer/Tunnel Washer.
- HEPA filtered workstation.
- HEPA filtered rodent housing system.
- Basic function of Outlook, Filemaker Pro, Excel, and Microsoft Word.
- Must be able to lift/carrying lab supplies, equipment and/or objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Standing: remaining on one’s feet in an upright position.
- Walking: moving about on foot.
- Lifting: raising or lowering an object from one level to another.
- Carrying, transporting an object, usually by hand, arm, or shoulder.
- Pushing: exerting force upon an object so that the object is moved away.
- Pulling: exerting force upon an object so that it is moving to the person.
- Climbing: ascending or descending objects usually with hands/feet.
- Balancing: maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling over.
- Stooping: bending the body by bending the spine at the waist.
- Kneeling: bending legs to come to rest on one or both knees.
- Crouching: bending body downward and forward by bending legs.
- Reaching: extending the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
- Handling: seizing, holding, grasping, or otherwise working with hand(s).
- Fingering: picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers.
- Feeling: perceiving attributes of objects by means of skin receptors.
- Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words.
- Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds by the ear.
- Eye/hand/foot coordination: performing work through using two or more.
- Near Acuity: ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less.
- Accommodation: ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus.
- Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify different colors.
- Two years or more of related experience.
- ALAT certificate is a plus.
- AA or higher in related subject.
- Cover Letter (optional)