The University of Pittsburgh's Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) is seeking an Associate Animal Technician. This position will have a primary emphasis on performing cage wash area and sanitation activities. The individual will provide sanitation, custodial, and other support services required for the daily operation and maintenance of the animal facility. These activities involve processing and washing soiled animal caging and supplies and preparing clean caging and equipment for distribution and use within the animal facility. The incumbent will also be responsible for the following: perform 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; maintain appropriate documentation and records of cage wash and sanitation activities; perform job duties that involve the provision of animal husbandry and care to a variety of laboratory animal species and/or facility operations support based on the current operating needs of the facility; provide food and water to animals, cleaning and changing animal cages, identifying and reporting animal health concerns to veterinary personnel, and maintaining appropriate records and documentation. Assignments will be provided with direction and oversight from the facility supervisor and senior technical staff and are expected to be performed in accordance with applicable regulations, guidelines, and internally established policies and procedures.
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. The candidate should have: the ability to work directly with a variety of laboratory animal species; the ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility; the ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area; the ability to lift/move 50 pounds; and 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; and a certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level.
Department Details: All qualified candidates must submit the required document requested in order to be considered.
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: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. 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: 19002185
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