This is a bargaining unit position responsible for the care of laboratory animals in accordance with applicable safety, sanitation and research requirements.
Ongoing tasks may include the following: Feed, care, and observe physical condition of mice, rats, and other lab animals for signs of disease or illness. Must follow strict protocols and instructions written or orally presented in English. Operate cage and bottle washers, autoclaves, and bedding dispensing/disposal equipment. Move/lift heavy equipment/animals. Maintain appropriate room, animal receipt and other records. Participate and perform euthanasia of small animals. Order and store feed and supplies. Clean and sanitize equipment, rooms, and facilities. Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Work days for this position are organized on an alternate schedule, and are either Tuesday through Saturday, or Sunday through Thursday; hours of work are 6:00 am – 3:30 pm on weekdays, and 6:00 am – 10:00 am on the weekend day.
Some work assignments will involve exposure to animal allergens, high levels of noise, and/or disinfectants and sanitizing agents. To protect employees, the University of MN may ask that you wear personal protection equipment, some of which may require medical monitoring and fitness testing. All required protective equipment, testing and medical evaluations will be provided by the University.
All offers of employment for this position will be conditioned on the completion of a medical questionnaire, evidence of current tetanus immunization prior to start date, and/or a fitness for duty examination to ensure the applicant’s ability to work in an environment that may present occupational health and safety hazards associated with work.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: High school graduate or GED.
Must be able to lift/push 50 pounds.
Must be able to understand and follow written and oral instruction in English.
Must be able to work an alternate schedule, including weekends and some holidays.
PREFERRED: Three (3) months of education related to laboratory animals, or three months experience with laboratory animals, or three months experience caring for, cleaning, feeding, monitoring, and medicating animals.
Experience with rodents.
Internal Number: 341269
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