Research Associate Animal Technician
Description of Work Unit
The mission of Laboratory Animal Resources is to use our expertise to provide the highest standard of care for laboratory animals in support of the Colorado State University research community. This position fulfills a vital role in the administration of LAR to carry out this mission.
Research Associate positions are available in Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at Colorado State University for the position of Research Technical Specialist Intern. CSU LAR manages over 48,000 ft of AAALAC accredited research animal facilities on three campuses, including Main Campus, Veterinary Medical Center, and the Judson M. Harper Complex. Research and teaching activities supported by LAR include infectious disease research, including ABSL work using select agents, cancer biology, hibernation, nutrition and metabolism studies, orthopedic research, therapeutics, toxicology and teaching activities to support a diverse program of learning. LAR exists to provide state of art care and support for the animal models component of these studies. These positions are full-time, 12 month administrative professional positions that will be integral to facilitating research activities at CSU that utilize animal models. Duties may include: (1) daily animal care; (2) monitoring health, census, environmental parameters, and biosecurity measures associated with research animal management, and problem solving when variations in these measurements are not within acceptable standards; (3) coordinating & advising on equipment and disposable supply needs for maintenance of animal health and in accordance with SOP’s; (4) coordinating, advising on medical and/or research procedures with LAR veterinarians and investigators; (5) attending investigator staff meetings when appropriate to be apprised of ongoing studies; (6) planning, initiating and supervising sample and data collections, breeding colonies and other technical procedures as required by individual research projects; (7) training other LAR or investigator staff in research procedures in biosafety level 2 and 3 facilities; (8) participating in preparation and QA monitoring of sterile materials required to insure animal biosecurity; (9) other duties as required.
Animal husbandry work is physical, and entails standing, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions. Staff work in various environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity and dusty surroundings. Some of the research at CSU involves infectious diseases. We ensure biosecurity and the safety of our staff by requiring personal protective equipment (such as respirators and Tyvek suits), tuberculosis testing, vaccinations and showering. CSU has a large variety of animal species, and applicants must be willing and able to work with all types of animals.
Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of working experience, OR an Associate degree with 2 or more years of relevant experience
- Certification at the AALAS assistant technician level (ALAT) is required within 1 year of hire
- Ability to work well as part of a team
- Ability to work effectively with a variety of people (e.g. technicians, scientists, facilities managements, veterinarians, faculty, etc.)
- A positive attitude and a desire to learn
- Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Experience with a variety of animal species
- Experience working in a research setting, biomedical research preferred
- A degree in a related field such as animal sciences, veterinary technology, zoology, etc.
Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
Job Duty Category Animal Welfare Assessment Duty/Responsibility
Perform daily animal welfare checks to assess animals behavior and well being. Identify and report any abnormalities to the veterinary staff or investigators staff for disposition. Assist in treatments as directed by the veterinary staff. Perform routine procedures such as quarterly weights, quarterly nail/hoof trims, etc. as outlined in the LAR SOPs as appropriate for the given species and research application. Euthanize or assist in euthanizing animals as directed.
Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Animal Husbandry Duty/Responsibility
Perofrm routine husbandry including provide approirate feed and water and housing conditions. These duties are performed as outlined in the LAR animal care SOPs as appropriate for the given species and research/teaching application. Prepare room/barn for incoming animals. Prepare and stock animal rooms with feed, water and other supplies as directed, and in particular for weekend coverage. Assure the appropaite cage cards are in place to accurately track animal numbers. Count animals based upon protocol, project, cage card, or other parameters for regulatory and billing purposes. These duties may be performed in an Animal Biosafety Level 3 containment area. Follow biosecurity practices to minimize cross contamination.
Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Monitor environmental parameters and room sanitation Duty/Responsibility
Perform room/stall environment checks daily including recording temperature and humidity, overall room condition, and room/stall sanitation. Using the appropriate disinfectants and cleaning agents, disinfect and sanitize in and around animal holding areas and areas prior to receipt of animals on a scheduled basis as outlined in the LAR SOPs as appropriate for the given species. Perform quality assurance standards to assess adequacy of disinfectants. Work with sterilized equipment taking precautions to avoid cross contamination.
Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Record keeping Duty/Responsibility
Maintain appropriate feed and inventory logs to track regular usage and to assure feed is used within the appropriate amount of time to ensure freshness. Complete records as needed for various assurances to animal welfare regulatory agencies, the IACUC, Good Laboratory Practices. Maintain appropriate communications with investigators.
Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Research Support Duty/Responsibility
Assist with common research procedures as requested such as substance administration, collection, genotyping, and post operative care.
Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Communication and training Duty/Responsibility
Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings and continuing education; communicates animal care issues to investigators, investigator staff, supervisors and co-workers.
Percentage Of Time 5
Special Instructions to Applicants
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
This pool is valid through 8/7/17. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
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