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#93570 Senior Animal Technician
Category: Education
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Job code: lhw-e0-89768665

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  Job posted:   Thu May 17, 2018
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#93570 Senior Animal Technician

#93570 Senior Animal Technician
Filing Deadline: Mon 5/28/2018

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/17/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


Under general supervision, incumbent is responsible for acting as Area Leader at request or in absence of designated Area Leader for vivarium. Provides standard, documented training in rodent care and handling to ACP staff. In addition, incumbent is responsible for physical environment of group of assigned laboratory animals in designated facility, performs basic animal husbandry and animal health-related tasks and discharges semi-technical procedures as requested by supervisor, Principal Investigators or veterinary staff. Close interaction with Investigator and veterinary staff and good communication skills are essential.

Provides backup management and husbandry to Facility. Assists in management of several transgenic mouse colonies including breeding and weaning. Minor procedures including tail clips, blood collection, tissue and organ harvesting.

~ Must be flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying work loads, including ability to work weekends, holidays and overtime.


+ Working knowledge of laws and regulations that govern housing and management of laboratory animals as applied to University of California.

+ AALAS Certification LAT or higher, Preferred.

+ Possess working knowledge of veterinary and human medical terminology.

+ Demonstrated skills to operate and maintain mechanical equipment, autoclaves, cage washers, vehicles, janitorial equipment such as floor scrubbers.

+ Skill to recognize normal and abnormal body functions and vital signs in a variety of laboratory animals.

+ Skilled in laboratory specimen collection techniques (blood, tails, other tissues and organ collection).

+ Demonstrated ability to operate university vehicles safely and legally.

+ Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with diverse population to pursue departmental goals. Must be effective in team-based work environment. Demonstrated ability to exercise diplomacy/flexibility in interacting with diverse group of scientists, engaged in medical research and teaching.

+ Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with diverse population. Includes ability to effectively write operational policies and procedures.

+ Demonstrated ability to use judgement and common sense to solve problems associated with vivarium operations.

+ Demonstrated ability and knowledge to train employees in proper procedures and methods involved in caring for animals.

+ Demonstrated ability to operate PC's (including printers) with skill in Windows, Outlook, Word, Access, ARM and Excel, or other software packages used by department.

+ Knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to animal care including knowledge of UCSD policies and procedures regarding care and use of animals.

+ Familiarity with operating procedures for UCSD animal vivaria, particularly rodent breeding operations and personnel requirements.

+ Knowledge of behavior and care needs of common laboratory animals. Skilled in the administration of medications: oral, topical and injectable. Skilled in the humane methods of euthanasia in laboratory animals.

+ Knowledge of nutritional needs of laboratory animals including preparation of special diets.


+ Must have a valid California driver's license.

+ Will work in areas with biohazardous agents, radioactive isotopes, substantial animal contact, etc.

+ Wear protective clothing and equipment.

+ Must pass pre-employment physical.

+ AALAS Certification LAT or higher, Preferred.

+ Must be flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying work loads, including ability to work weekends, holidays and overtime

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$18.75 - $20.86 / Hour



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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Sun

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