Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Principal Lab Animal Care Technician for the Office for Research (Research). Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Responsible for daily maintenance of multiple animal colony rooms to be in compliance with animal welfare regulations, university and CMR policies.
Performs animal husbandry and monitoring procedures with special attention to the needs of virus free species, observing and reporting signs of illness, injury or distress in animals.
Interacts with supervisor regarding needs of individual research projects and PI's and will become familiar will all project protocols as it relates to daily husbandry needs of the colony rooms they maintain; ensures areas of noncompliance with regulations are reported; daily animal census are recorded and performs euthanasia when instructed.
Independently provides diversified care, feeding, transportation, and daily observation for all animal species used in research and teaching.
Coordinates and assists in the general maintenance of the facilities.
Ensures the humane care and treatment of the animals.
Leads, directs, and trains laboratory animal care technicians, senior laboratory animal care technicians, and others.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a high school/vocational school education or equivalent, with coursework completed in biological or animal sciences and three years of research related animal handling experience. An equivalent combination of experience and/or related college level study in animal science may be substituted for the above. Must have American Association of Laboratory Animal Science AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Certification. Requires the ability to record and maintain data in computerized and non-computerized formats. Must be able to communicate effectively. Requires the ability to group lead. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds. Will be required to pass pre-employment and periodic physical examinations and to participate in occupational health programs for animal workers. Requires a valid driver’s license, two years driving experience, and successful completion of the Rutgers Defensive Driving Course. Regular workweek may include weekends and/or evening shift work.
AALAS certification as Technologist (LATg), specialized training, specific knowledge, skill and abilities, as demonstrated by the LATg level is desirable
Cage washing equipment, Autoclaves, Floor scrubbers, Chemical mixing stations, Dry heat oven. Tattooing machines. Various computer programs. May need to drive University vehicle.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
On a prolonged daily basis must be able to perform the physical demands of the job of being able to lift 50 pounds, push and pull heavy loads of equipment, twisting of upper trunk, repetitive and overhead lifting.
Can work in cage wash and animal room conditions while wearing safety apparel and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Can be bending, stooping, or reaching for long periods of time.
Additionally, the position requires the ability to stand or walk on hard surfaces for most of the workday, including slippery surfaces.
The work environment includes potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, and the use of hazardous and restricted chemicals.
Potential exposure to animal dander, fluids, and soiled waste as well as cleaning chemicals.
The wearing of PPE could increase body temperature.
Will be required to participate in the Occupational Health Program for animal workers.
Regular workweek may be other than Monday through Friday and will include weekends and/or holidays as needed.
Must be able to pass pre-employment physical examination.
Clean driving record.
Posting Number: 20ST2143
Location: Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Internal Number: 122656
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.