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Lab Animal Technician II

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: 401k, dental, life insurance, medical, vision,
Job Description

The position provides skilled animal care to the colony management area of the Animal Resources Department in support of research activities. The incumbent is expected to assist researchers with rodent breeding, checking plugs and determining pregnancy, separating mice, consolidating and culling colonies, performing weaning and record keeping. This position also includes performing animal identification and collecting biological specimens for genotyping.

The position provides skilled animal care to the colony management area of the Animal Resources Department in support of research activities. The incumbent is expected to assist researchers with rodent breeding, checking plugs and determining pregnancy, separating mice, consolidating and culling colonies, performing weaning and record keeping. This position also includes performing animal identification and collecting biological specimens for genotyping.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Colony Management (55%)

  • Assists researchers in the areas of colony management including setting up breeding pairs, checking plugs and determining pregnancy, separating mice, consolidating and culling colonies and performing weaning.
  • Monitors and maintains rodent colonies.
  • Performs proper animal identification and collects biological specimen for genotyping.
  • Participates in the trouble shooting and clinical management of colony performance and reproductive pathologies.
  • Performs standard techniques in reproductive physiology in support of research colonies including timed mating, fostering, C-section, ovarian transplantation and others.
  • Assists with rodent re-derivation program.
  • Maintains proper breeding and colony documentation in support of colony management activity.

Administrative Duties & Projects (15%)

  • Receives and verifies animal deliveries for colony management.
  • Assists with ordering colony management supplies.
  • Assists with SOP preparation for procedures and training.
  • Inputs data into the Colony Management database and communicates all pertinent information to the investigators on their breeding colonies.
  • Works on special projects as assigned.

Training (5%)

  • Assists in training and guidance for investigators in the areas of colony management, animal identification and tissue collection for genotyping.

Animal Health Care (15%)

  • Observes animal health.
  • Administers medications as directed.
  • Performs in-house diagnostic tests. Collects and prepares samples for outside diagnostic testing.
  • Assists the clinical veterinarian with necropsies, non-research surgeries and follow-up veterinary care.
  • Maintains cross-training in husbandry activities with rodents.
  • Checks animals for signs of illness or trauma, feeds, waters, changes cages, grooms and conducts breeding
    programs.
  • Monitors proper environmental parameters, sanitation and general housekeeping of the facility.
  • Maintains proper animal identification and precise records for required documentation.

Room Maintenance (5%)

  • Maintains cabinets stocked with appropriate colony management supplies.
  • Maintains veterinary equipment and medical instruments.
  • Maintains organization and cleanliness of animal procedure rooms.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • With a high school diploma, minimum 2 years of experience in a laboratory animal facility or research facility with rodents.

Preferred:

  • Prior tissue sampling experience.
  • Prior colony management experience.

EDUCATION

Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or Associate's degree in a related field with requisite experience for respective education level.
  • AALAS certification as a Lab Animal Technician (LAT).

Preferred:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a related field.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required:

  • Knowledge of basic veterinary equipment and instruments.
  • Hands on experience with animal husbandry, breeding, handling and restraint, blood/tissue sampling, injections, administering medications, anesthesia, surgical monitoring and euthanasia.
  • Strong record keeping and computer skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work with a variety of people and personalities.
  • Knowledge of proper handling and disposal of sharps, biohazardous waste and other hazardous materials.
  • Knowledge of aseptic surgical technique, sterilization, disinfection and sanitization principles and applications.
  • Computer literate and familiarity with common databases; Filemaker Pro preferable.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to work overtime based on workload and deadlines.
  • Must be able to work assigned standard schedule: Monday – Friday, Sunday - Thursday, Tuesday - Saturday from 6:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m./6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m./ 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Management reserves the right to change or modify assigned schedules based on operational needs.
  • Post offer physical required which may include respirator fit test.
  • Possible rotating schedule.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to:

  • TB Testing/Clearance (once a year)
  • Tetanus/ Diphtheria (vaccination < 10 years proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Periodic physical exams (may include respirator fit test)
  • Other vaccines/tests as required by Occupational Health & Safety standards

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/MENTAL ACTIVITIES/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

This position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, hearing, lifting 0-20lbs, communicating, and working inside.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Company Description
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

Salk Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Statement

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other persons.

Our policies prohibit harassment or unlawful discrimination against individuals on the basis of sex, gender, marital or parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions/disabilities related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation age, ancestry, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), family and/or medical care leave status, disability (mental or physical), registered domestic partner status, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status (disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, other covered veteran status), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license), race, religion or any other classification protected by local, state or federal laws.

The Salk Institute participates in the E-Verify program.

Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities and for individuals with religious restrictions.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Why Work Here?
Salk-Where Cures Begin. We explore the very foundations of life for the benefit of all.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probe fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused on both discovery and mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, M.D., the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark. Salk Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Statement The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other persons. Our policies prohibit harassment or unlawful discrimination against individuals on the basis of sex, gender, marital or parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions/disabilities related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation age, ancestry, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), family and/or medical care leave status, disability (mental or physical), registered domestic partner status, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status (disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, other covered veteran status), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license), race, religion or any other classification protected by local, state or federal laws. The Salk Institute participates in the E-Verify program. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities and for individuals with religious restrictions.

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