Assistant Laboratory Technician

California, United States
Sunday, 3 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

The Assistant Laboratory Technician is responsible for performing routine animal husbandry duties and technical procedures in one or more animal facilities.

Job Duties

  • 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 MGERC 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

Environmental Conditions:

  • Atmospheric conditions that affect skin or respiratory system
  • Likely exposure to animal dander, diseases, odors, and bites
  • Likely exposure to housekeeping/cleaning agents/chemicals

Basic Qualifications

Administrative Skills:

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate effective organizational skills
  • Maintain legible logs and records
  • Perform duties in accordance with department policies/procedures

Machine Skills:

  • Autoclave
  • Bottle filler
  • Flexible film isolators
  • Floor Scrubber
  • Rack Washer/Tunnel Washer
  • HEPA filtered workstation
  • HEPA filtered rodent housing system

Computer Skills:

  • Basic function of Outlook, Filemaker Pro, Excel, and Microsoft Word

Physical Demands:

  • 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

Vision Requirements:

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years or more of related experience
  • ALAT certificate is a plus
  • AA or higher in related subject

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (optional)