School of Medicine Division Administration-RC - United States-Pennsylvania - (19002135)
The individual will serve as an Associate Animal Care & Operations Technician (H) within the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) at the University of Pittsburgh with a primary emphasis on performing animal husbandry and care activities involving a variety of laboratory animal species.
The individual will:
provide food and water to animals, clean and change animal cages, and identify and report animal health concerns to veterinary personnel.
perform some duties that require specialized skills associated with the care and handling of laboratory animals, the sanitation of facilities and the operation and maintenance of equipment.
maintain appropriate documentation and records of animal husbandry and care activities.
This individual may also be required to perform job duties that involve cage wash area activities and/or facility operations support based on the current operating needs of the facility. These activities may include but are not limited to processing and washing soiled animal caging and supplies, preparing clean caging and equipment for distribution and use within the animal facility, and performing routine preventive maintenance procedures and minor repairs on mechanical cage washers, animal caging systems, and other equipment used to provide laboratory animal husbandry and care.
Assignments will be provided with direction and oversight from the facility supervisor and senior facility staff and are expected to be performed in accordance with applicable regulations, guidelines, and internally established policies and procedures. Preferred candidates will have experience working with and caring for animals and possess basic computer skills.
The position requires successful enrollment in the University of Pittsburgh Animal Exposure Surveillance Program and other medical surveillance/immunization programs as dictated by the current research activities and when applicable. Vaccinations and/or TB testing may be required.
The successful candidate must be able to comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions, maintain accurate and legible records and other forms of documentation, consistently demonstrate positive interpersonal and customer service skills, be available to work weekends and holidays, stand for extended periods of time, lift 50 pounds, and push/pull heavy equipment. TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.
Ability to work directly with a variety of laboratory animal species.
Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility.
Ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area.
Ability to lift/move 50 pounds.
Basic computer skills including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel).
The following are desired or preferred:
One or more years of experience working with a variety of animals in any setting (e.g., clinical, research, zoo).
One or more years of maintenance or custodial experience preferably acquired in an animal facility or research environment.
Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Research.II
Minimum Education Level Required: High School Diploma or GED
Minimum Experience Level Required: Less than 1 year experience
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday Some weekends and holidays
Hiring Range: $20,904.00 - $32,760.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Not Applicable
Internal Number: 19002135
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.