Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Rotational work on weekends and holidays is required.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Division of Comparative Medicine. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Assists the supervisors with facility operations, vivarium equipment, and animal laboratory processes, oversight and support to the animal care program and the animal care technicians under the direction of the area supervisor. Assists the supervisor in the management of the animal care and husbandry program in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of Animal Welfare Act, the Public Health Service, and University policies to assure a quality animal care program that supports the research and teaching at Washington University.
The lead is responsible for ensuring that animal care duties are performed in accordance with established standard operating procedures (SOPs) and that University and divisional policies are followed.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily observations and cage checks, animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle/automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
Provide direction to the husbandry staff on Operations and Facility issues. Specific responsibilities include investigating operational issues, including gathering information and details, compiling the information, and submitting/presenting it along with recommendation(s) for resolution of the situation/issue to the area supervisor. Provide training to new hires in the duties and responsibilities of animal care and facility operations.
Perform quality assurance responsibilities in assigned building and other buildings as necessary.
Conduct room inspections to assess the animals’ health and cage environment, as well as all related paperwork and record keeping.
Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Associate degree or equivalent.
Two years of relevant laboratory animal research facility experience.
Obtain Purina certification within six months.
Obtain AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) within two years.
AALAS certification (LAT).
Three years of experience in laboratory animal care.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple requirements.
Ability to comprehend written and spoken English terms used in a biomedical research environment.
Ability to comprehend and follow SOPs and written instructions from veterinary, supervisory and research staff.
The hiring range for this position is $15.46 - $20.88 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and pass a pre-employment physical exam.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
This position is grade R07.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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