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Research Specialist, Senior (Animal Care Training Coordinator)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Specialist, Senior (Animal Care Training Coordinator)
Department University Animal Care (9005)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

This is an animal care and use program training coordinator position. This individual will have primary responsibility for refinement of an existing training program which provides training for both animal care staff in husbandry techniques as well as researchers in biomethodologies (rodent handling, common compound administration, bleed techniques etc.) and rodent surgery. The individual will be responsible for periodic auditing of UAC staff to ensure compliance with SOPs as well as the associated documentation of training/retraining/auditing. In addition to primary duties in the training, this individual may participate in clinical care, surgical, and research technical support activities performed by UAC personnel on mice, rats, guinea pigs, other rodents, rabbits, and aquatic species (predominantly zebrafish). The individual may participate in surgeries, anesthesia, and post-operative care of larger animal species as needed (emphasis on pig, primate, sheep). This position works closely with the UAC veterinary staff, husbandry staff, and the IACUC to ensure adequate veterinary care is provided with an emphasis on how adequate training underlies success in all these areas. The incumbent is expected to work in multiple facilities.

University Animal Care (UAC) manages multiple centralized animal facilities at the University of Arizona and oversees the campus wide animal care and use program. UAC provides assistance to scientists, physicians, staff, and students who have received Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval to perform research, testing, or educational studies on animal subjects. UAC ensures humane and appropriate animal care and use by providing for the animals’ daily needs, veterinary care, and monitoring the use of the animals by principal investigators, technical personnel, and students.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Prepare online training materials, lessons, and hands-on classes for primarily rodent biomethodologies
• Work closely with managers in all sections to identify and prioritize topics within the training program
• Provide training to UAC staff working in all areas of the husbandry section, which may include cage wash, and biohazard areas
• Conduct components of new hire onboarding and facility orientation for UAC staff as well as new researchers
• Help identify the need for, and provide special training/re-training to help correct deficiencies with UAC employee performance and research staff identified by periodic audits as well as the post-approval monitoring program
• Maintains pertinent training and medical records (written and electronic)
• Performs clinical health rounds to observe the physical health and well-being of laboratory animals and reports abnormalities to the veterinarian.
• Prescribes and administers medications and treatments as directed, and evaluates response to treatment.
• Has advanced knowledge of normal physiologic parameters, restraint techniques and typical diseases of lab animal species (emphasis on rodent species) to appropriately ascertain clinical signs.
• Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years of related research experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years of related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

• Arizona Veterinary Medical Association certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) (CVT certification in another state acceptable with the understanding AZ certification will be attained upon employment) AND four years of veterinary technician experience; OR
• Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology or Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND five years of veterinary technician experience; OR
• American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) AND five years of veterinary technician experience; OR
• Expertise and experience providing clinical care, technical and surgical support for laboratory rodents;
• Experience in an animal research setting as a researcher or lab manager

Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category General
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24159
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Karuna Patil

Open Date 10/26/2017
Review Start Date 10/31/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years related research experience; OR, a Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents