Are you excited about a career with opportunity for advancement and skill development? Are you passionate about research and animal oriented? The Center for Comparative Medicine, based in downtown Chicago, is looking for a self-starter who has great customer service and can be a team player who follows instructions. Our department is the backbone support for the groundwork for medical developments and innovations by providing basic care for the animals used in research and teaching at Northwestern University. The ideal candidate will have at least a high school diploma and, ideally, experience working with animals. Northwestern employees take advantage of generous healthcare and retirement benefits and compensation. If you’re looking to find a path to a bright future, apply today!
Animal Care Technician 2 completes more complex animal caretaking duties & begins to specialize in the care of individual species. Completes cage wash activities as requested by Group Leader or their designee. All actions are completed by strictly & consistently following applicable CCM SOPs including safety procedures & guidelines. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to Group Leader or their designee. Arrives, leaves & takes breaks at work as scheduled. OR Strictly adheres to CCM attendance policy.
Please note: Must be able to negotiate up to a 65 lb force (push/pull) on an occasional basis. Lifting is limited to 50 lbs occasionally and 25 lbs frequently. Must be able to work a shift schedule that includes working both Saturdays and Sundays, possibly a staggered work schedule, occasional overtime, and holidays as required. Must successfully maintain physical condition that will assure efficient performance of tasks, including successful completion of physical examination. This position requires the individual to be available to work on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate. Must be enrolled in the university’s occupational health program which entails filling out a health questionnaire. The health questionnaire is submitted to the university’s occupational health provider for review. Must be willing to undergo job related background check.
According to CCM SOPs
Cleans & sterilizes cages, equipment, supplies, rooms (primary and secondary enclosures), etc.
Prepares refused for disposal or incineration.
According to CCM SOPs completes more complex animal caretaking duties and begins to specialize in the care of individual species
Changes cages, equipment, supplies, & rooms
Feeds & waters animals according to their prescribed diets.
Observes animals regularly during the day, noting & reporting any variances in eating, drinking or deviation from normal habits, to include obvious health issues with behavior, skin conditions, etc. & more subtle possible issues involving physiological & or psychological health.
Notifies lead if available or management of malfunctioning equipment; may document problem.
May train junior level Animal Care Technicians & or investigator staff. Attends CCM sponsored training sessions, OJT's, specie specific identification & treatment sessions, etc. Cross trains in animal caretaking duties of all currently housed species.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required along with a minimum of 2 years animal husbandry or equivalent experience.
AAALAS certified ALAT.
Valid state driver’s license if driving animal transport van.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35376
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.