CMP Research Animal Technician III

Texas A&M University

United States

August 18, 2021

Description

Job Title

CMP Research Animal Technician III

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Vice Pres For Research

Proposed Minimum Salary

$13.01 hourly

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A &M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .

Who we are

The Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) is the centrally administered support service for animal research and teaching programs at Texas A&M University, College Station. The program's facilities and services are available for all Texas A&M campus affiliated faculty, staff, and students who have been approved to conduct animal research by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). CMP is accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) through its affiliation with other AAALAC-accredited Texas A&M programs.

What we want

The Comparative Medicine Program is seeking a CMP Research Animal Technician III, who will be responsible for husbandry duties for laboratory animals; sanitation of assigned animal holding rooms; and maintenance of assigned support areas. This position will report directly to a CMP Division Coordinator with the Comparative Medicine Program. We seek to hire a candidate who will support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Hourly Rate: $13.01-$16.72

Important Factors: Must be able to lift or move heavy objects and move/push/pull carts on weight bearing wheels carrying heavy loads. Must be able to tolerate a significant amount of bending, stretching, and/or moving. Must be able to work around animals, latex, waste products, and/or bedding.

Work Schedule: Must be available to work outside of normal business hours; such as a Tuesday through Saturday shift or a Sunday through Thursday shift. Must work weekends and holidays as required. Essential Personnel: Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc. and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor.

References: Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor). You may upload this information under CV/Resume.

Required Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalency, or any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Two years of related experience in laboratory animal care
  • Please note: Successful completion of a formal Laboratory Animal Science Course may substitute for three months of laboratory animal care experience
  • Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid driver license and good driving record
  • Must be able to obtain State of Texas class "C" vehicle driver license within 30 days of employment
  • Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Knowledge of animal care and safety processes
  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with other
  • Other Requirements or Other Factors:

  • Must be able to lift or move heavy objects and move/push/pull carts on weight bearing wheels carrying heavy loads
  • Must be able to tolerate a significant amount of standing, bending, stretching, walking, and/or moving
  • Must be able to work with and around animals, latex, waste products, or bedding
  • Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc. and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor
  • Must be available to work outside of normal business hours; such as a Tuesday through Saturday shift or a Sunday through Thursday shift
  • Must work weekends and holidays as required
  • Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Successful completion of any CMP Laboratory Animal Science Course or successful completion within first year in position
  • Cage wash experience
  • Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

  • American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification
  • Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to cultivate and maintain professional working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Responsibilities:

  • Animal Handling & Husbandry - Performs routine and non-routine husbandry and care for research animals for assigned conventional, specific pathogen free (SPF), biohazard contained and barrier reared laboratory animal colonies. Follows established protocols and procedures and ensures that care supports animal wellbeing and that facilities and practices are compliant with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulation and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use. Transports animals as needed requiring the operation of University motor vehicle.

  • Sanitation & Maintenance and Cage Wash - Cleans and maintains laboratory animal care areas and cage wash area and documents sanitation and maintenance of assigned areas. Operates, cleans, maintains and makes minor repairs to laboratory animal cages and related laboratory animal equipment including cage washers and autoclaves, reporting malfunctioning or broken equipment and documenting daily equipment performance. Inspects, lift, and moves various sized animal cages and supplies. Uses carts with weight bearing wheels to push/pull/move heavy animal cage or supply loads. These duties require standing, bending, stretching, walking, and/or moving. May transport caging equipment, bulk feed, and bedding materials requiring the operation of personal or University motor vehicle.

  • Team Lead - Serves as the team lead for assigned CMP area. Coordinates the efforts of other technicians within assigned team. Informs supervisor when supplies are low. Verifies daily paperwork is completed to maintain compliance. Interprets, communicates, and applies applicable Federal, State, and local regulations and policies, ensuring compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.

  • Observation and Record Keeping - Observes all laboratory animals in assigned work areas and reports any conditions that might indicate illness, injury or distress in accordance with established protocols, procedures and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use. Records accurate daily observations of animals and environmental parameters.

  • Continued Education and Training - Participates in training and continued education activities as provided by CMP and required by federal guidelines and accreditation standards. Interacts and communicates effectively with Texas A&M University research staff and Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) staff. Attends meetings as needed to improve skills and knowledge or as required by management. Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A &M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

    All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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