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Animal Technician at University of California - San Francisco

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Type: Full Time
Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description:

The Animal Technician is responsible for the daily care of animals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Duties include changing cages and racks, delivering food and water in accordance to established procedures, maintaining equipment and animal housing areas according to standard operating procedures and federal and state regulations. Perform record keeping duties such as per-diems records, animal health surveillance, feed logs, temperature/humidity charts, animal receipt and disposition logs.

The job involves the ability to reach above shoulder level; move on hard surface for up to 7 hours/day; ability to wear personal protective equipment as required; includes protective clothing, protective glasses, safety shoes and gloves daily, face masks as required, respirator if assigned; ability to push and pull heavy objects and ability to safely move and or lift heavy loads (up to 50 pounds).

The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) supports the research programs of the faculty by providing all services associated with the care and use of laboratory animals including the purchasing/receiving, daily care and monitoring of the health of all species.

LARC provides care for various species of laboratory animals housed in multiple LARC research facilities located throughout the city of San Francisco.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.\\",\\"

Required Qualifications: High school diploma or GED
One year of animal handling or lab animal sanitation equipment operations experience
Successful completion of ALAT in-house training curriculum within one year of employment
Ability to communicate animal health information to appropriate personnel, maintain legible records for permanent status. All assignments require some use of computer/email
General knowledge of feeding, caging, and space requirements for multiple species of laboratory animals used in biomedical research
Ability and skills needed to identify animal health concerns and regulatory compliance for their assigned areas and to report conditions to veterinary staff, researchers, and compliance staff
Full knowledge of disinfection, sanitation, and cleaning agents; knowledge and ability to use cage washers for cleaning and autoclaves for sterilization of cages
Basic computer skills (e.g.,e/mail skills, ability to scan cage barcodes, sync PDA s for submitting Health Surveillance Reports electronically, utilize email account for work-related communications, online training, HBS timesheet submission)
Satisfactory job performance ratings at all times during probationary employment period
Ability to follow instructions, work independently or in shared assignments with others
Demonstrated experience working under general supervision
Ability to follow work rules, including no eating or drinking in animal areas, no smoking at campus facilities
Work weekends and holidays, work occasional and variable hours/day as assigned
Flexibility to rotate as needed to all vivaria, assume other job-related functions, and to work under different supervisors

Preferred Qualifications: AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Medicine (ALAT)
General knowledge of federal and other licensing agencies regulations
Complete and remain current in BRER training
Complete Ergonomics training
Complete Ethics training
Complete and remain current in Laboratory Safety for Researchers training
Complete Facilities Orientation for each assigned site

License/Certification: n/a

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.