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Animal Technician, Senior

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Upon employment: • Complete required UA and FBI background clearance checks • Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health • Complete required TB testing yearly with negative test result • Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary or that are required to work with certain biohazards • Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment for working with biohazards, which requires having minimal facial hair

Position Details

Position Information

Title Animal Technician, Senior
Department University Animal Care (9005)
Location UAHS - Phoenix
Position Summary

This is the third in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Technician in that incumbents are responsible for daily care of a variety of animal species and/or are assigned additional Cage Wash duties such as training new employees in Cage Wash operations, updating Cage Wash SOPs, operating complex equipment, and documenting these activities. Incumbents are generally assigned to perform animal care duties within in one facility, while Cage Wash activities are performed in multiple facilities. The work schedule includes participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule, may include weekends, and may include compensated overtime.

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 $622 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #23 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #6 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; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Provide daily care and maintenance of a wide variety of laboratory animal species housed within UAC facilities
• May breed or wean rodents, work with non-human primates, or work with animals exposed to hazardous materials
• Operate animal care related equipment, such as change stations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, rodent ventilated cage racks, etc.
• Administer treatments to animals as directed
• Complete all necessary documentation
• Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system
• Train new and existing employees in Cage Wash
• Report and assist in troubleshooting operational problems or equipment malfunctions
• Receive supplies and equipment into facilities utilizing gas sterilization
• Organize and restock supplies in animal rooms and storage areas
• Assist with the quality assurance program
• Assist with updating and reviewing SOPs
• Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

In addition to ABOR minimum qualifications below:

• Able to work with and care for a variety of animals, including rodents, non-human primates, and other mammals
• Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate via email
• Able to communicate in a professional, positive and helpful manner with coworkers, management and research community
• Able to lift up to 50 lbs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning
• Able to maneuver large cages and cage racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh well over 150 lbs

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or related field; OR, Associate’s degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND six months animal husbandry experience; OR, Two years animal husbandry experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
Preferred Qualifications
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category General
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-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 S24506
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Jaime White-James
602-827-2510

Open Date 02/05/2018
Review Start Date 02/12/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant

Upon employment:

• Complete required UA and FBI background clearance checks
• Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
• Complete required TB testing yearly with negative test result
• Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary or that are required to work with certain biohazards
• Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment for working with biohazards, which requires having minimal facial hair

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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
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • 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 bachelor's degree in Animal Science or related field; OR Associate's degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND six months animal husbandry experience; OR Two years animal husbandry experience OR Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Will you possess a valid Arizona Class D driver's license upon employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Will you have a valid driver's license upon employment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents