Under general supervision the Technician Assistant will provide care for laboratory animals in an appropriate manner using established procedures, as prescribed by federal laws and regulations, state law, and Columbia University Medical Center policy. The Technician Assistant may perform multiple assignments under direct supervision, including general care, monitoring and reporting on animal health, assisting in the maintenance of facilities and equipment, routine treatment of common clinical signs, carrying out receiving procedures, assisting in care of breeding colonies, performing daily census of animals, and assisting in maintenance of animal records.
Feed and water the animals on a daily basis or as specified.
Perform daily census of animals
Change animal caging as scheduled.
Clean animal rooms daily as assigned
Assist in routine treatment of common clinical signs
Assist in the maintenance of animal records.
Administer special diets and water according to specified protocols and directions.
Receive, transport and distribute incoming animals as specified by established animal receiving procedures.
Operate and maintain the cage washer, bottle washer, tunnel washer, autoclave and other support equipment.
Observe and report any aberrations in animal room environments (room temperature, humidity, lighting, ventilation, vermin, etc.).
Attend in house training programs to become more knowledgeable of and develop expertise in laboratory animal science.
Perform other duties as assigned
High school diploma or GED. Technical training or equivalent with some related experience, usually six months. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.
Position is a Saturday to Wednesday work week schedule. Mandatory weekend/holiday coverage as scheduled on a rotating basis.
Position requires ability to regularly lift at least 25 pounds and frequently lift or move (pushing/pulling equipment) up to 50 pounds. The role requires standing for extended periods of time. There is exposure to laboratory animals, latex, waste products, bedding, and sanitation solutions.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 499492
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