Animal Care Technician - Animal Resource Center

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Classification:Research Technician 2
Grade:Grade 76
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Vice Chancellor for Research
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Animal Resources Center (ARC) is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to join our animal care team. Animal Care Technicians are key members of the UAF research program and focus on quality standards needed to ensure excellence in research. The successful candidate will maintain the animal research facility per federal regulations governing animal welfare, biosafety, and occupational safety. They will work closely with our veterinary team and our faculty to ensure proper care and use of animals including proper handling and proper procedures for data collection. General activities include but are not limited to feeding and watering, bedding changes, cage changes, and general maintenance and upkeep of the facility. The primary goal of ARC is to maintain a safe controlled environment to protect the health and well-being of our animals while promoting the best research. ARC fosters the highest quality science and education by ensuring and always improving upon the highest quality animal care. *** This position requires a valid driver license***


20Once approved by the veterinary staff, research technicians can perform minor procedures including short-term anesthesia, venipuncture, blood collection and analysis, minor treatments. Assist senior animal care technicians in training and orientation for new students, research staff, and faculty.Essential
30Research technicians perform regular cleaning and mid to high-level disinfection of floors, walls, ceilings, doors, and equipment throughout the facility. Basic cleaning occurs on a daily schedule with more complete, high-level decontamination performed at longer intervals. In addition to the daily care and husbandry of our research animals this position, under guidance of the facility supervisor and senior animal care technicians, operates and conducts basic maintenance and monitors performance of several pieces of equipment including but not limited to downdraft bedding disposal unit, cage change stations, tunnel washer, cage/rack washer. The animal research facility must be maintained at all times for unannounced inspections by federal regulators and funding agencies. Perform routine handling and restraint of research animals.Essential
50This ARC position focuses on research animals and the conduct of biomedical and biological research protocols. Responsibilities focus on the BiRD Animal Research Facility which is a registered research facility under the federal Animal Welfare Act. The Research Technician collects research data and/or biological materials for research teams. This includes collection, analysis, and interpretation of environmental data to minimize unwanted variables that might affect animal models. This can include water quality, air quality, room temperature, lighting/circadian rhythm, ultrasonic noise, and vibration. Research Technicians oversee facility orientation for researchers, entrance/exit protocols, and they assist research teams with animal logistics and performing procedures following IACUC approved research and/or teaching protocols. The ARC Research Technician maintains strict practice standards ensuring the proper level of cleanliness and hygiene to protect the research animals, the people working in the facility, and to ensure high-quality research. Daily observations are required by animal welfare regulation and policy. This includes maintenance of animal care records and animal room disposition records. Any abnormalities are immediately reported to fellow animal care technicians and to the veterinary staff. ARC Research Technicians follow all biosecurity and safety policies and procedures. This includes adherence to quarantine procedures and disease investigation activities conducted by the veterinary staff. Research technicians all participate in establishing standard operating procedures for the animal research facility. These SOPs must be followed by all research personnel working in the facility.Essential


The successful candidate will have prior knowledge and experience in a research environment with some experience focused on animals. This includes skills in animal husbandry and an understanding of factors that affect animal models of human disease.

This position requires the ability to perform several very physical activities throughout the workday. Animal care technicians are on their feet most of the day and must be able to lift feedbags weighing up to 50 pounds. Will pull and push carts/bulk trucks, and cage racks with weights up to 1000lbs with assistance. Perform several repetitive motion activities.

Knowledge of animal care requirements.

Knowledge of animal disease and transmission patterns of animal and zoonotic pathogens.

Understanding of proper cleaning /disinfection procedures needed in a biomedical research laboratory.

Knowledge of the pros and cons of different chemical disinfectants.

Ability to learn quickly and to be detail oriented – particularly with maintaining the cleanliness of the animal facility.

Ability to complete forms and data sheets. Skill with computers, particularly Word and Excel.

Must have an excellent understanding of biosafety, microbiology, quarantine procedures, and transmission of disease-causing agents.

Required Education and Experience:

Minimum 3 years of university-level training in a relevant discipline. BS degree is preferred. A valid driver's license is required. Preference is given to individuals with ALAT, LAT, or LATG certification through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

Six months working in an animal research facility; or, at least one-year experience in animal care and husbandry (includes work within a veterinary hospital). Can substitute two years of experience working in a research laboratory if the candidate has some prior personal or professional animal experience.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This position requires a valid driver license.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 4/5/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 4/6/2020. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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