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. These positions fulfill a vital role in the administration of LAR to carry out this mission.
Research Associate positions are available throughout the year in Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at Colorado State University for the position of Research Associate Animal Technician. 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 the 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:
- daily animal care;
- 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;
- coordinating & advising on equipment and disposable supply needs for maintenance of animal health and in accordance with SOP’s;
- coordinating, advising on medical and/or research procedures with LAR veterinarians and investigators;
- attending investigator staff meetings when appropriate to be apprised of ongoing studies;
- planning, initiating and supervising sample and data collections, breeding colonies and other technical procedures as required by individual research projects;
- training other LAR or investigator staff in research procedures in biosafety level 2 and 3 facilities;
- participating in preparation and QA monitoring of sterile materials required to insure animal biosecurity;
- 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 relevant, animal experience, OR an Associate degree with 2 or more years of relevant, animal experience.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Experience working with a variety of animal species.
- Experience working in a research setting, biomedical research preferred.
- ALAS certification (ALAT, LAT or LATg).
- Experience or training related to ABSL2 and ABSL3 biocontainment.
- Experience performing animal welfare assessment and monitoring environmental conditions.
- Experience performing animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, sanitation, etc.).
- Experience following SOPs, protocols or other procedural guidelines.
- Experience with generating and maintain records such as medical, inventory, maintenance logs, etc.
- 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.
Special Instructions to Applicants
- This is an open pool posting and applicants will be contacted when a position becomes available.
- Please apply with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, and 3 professional references.
- References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
- A $1,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.
- Certification at the AALAS assistant technician level (ALAT) is required within 1 year of hire.
- This open pool posting is valid through 9/12/2018. Applicants wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.
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