Cage Wash Coordinator

Position Description:
Under the general supervision of the Vivarium Manager, the Cage Wash Coordinator is responsible for mentoring and providing technical guidance to support daily cage wash operations. This includes but not limited to daily standard operating procedures, high-pressure steam and high-temperature water systems, physical plant issues, soiled and clean cage wash operations, water treatment systems, and team and departmental meetings. Additional responsibilities include maintaining cages and accessories in a clean and sanitary state, autoclaving cages and accessories and the distribution of clean supplies for use in the animal rooms. This position ensures that all animals are housed and cared for humanely in accordance with the NRC Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, AAALAC, NIH, USDA and Institutional policies and guidelines.

Special Conditions of Employment:
• Able to occasionally work a flexible schedule based on workload and deadlines.
• Must be able to work assigned schedule: Monday- Friday, 5:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
• Must be able to work overtime as needed before or after regular shift or on weekends.

Position Responsibilities:
• Provides hands-on support of soiled/ clean cage wash with cleaning cages and accessories
• Operate and complete daily, weekly, monthly maintenance of tunnel and rack washer, floor loader and BSL autoclaves, bedding dispenser and water bottle filler
• Fill clean cages with bedding
• Set up units for specialized caging for either sterile or BSL2 animals
• Wash and sterilize water bottles and fill with acidified/non-acidified water
• Sweep, mop and disinfect floors in washrooms, halls, and support areas
• Facility sanitation responsibilities include: disinfecting walls, ceilings, and other surfaces on a scheduled basis
• Euthanize animals in accordance with AVMA guidelines and prepare carcasses for disposal
• Supports facility compliance with all applicable federal, state, company and voluntary regulations and guidelines
• Supports record keeping and associated procedures for cage wash operations and quality assurance programs including equipment maintenance, autoclave biohazard waste, detergent use, room/ area tasks and quality assurance.
• Supports materials ordering/ receiving/ inventory process including inventories of feed and bedding and related activities including stock rotation, stockroom coordination, PPE.
• Assesses steam water systems, and daily operation of large equipment including the rack washer, tunnel washer, autoclave and water bottle filler.
• Prepares for semi-annual ACC and AAALAC reviews.
• Assists with cage wash staff training.
• Assists in the development of SOPs for the cage wash area.
• Works on individual ventilated cage rack maintenance program which includes sanitizing.
• Arranges designated technical schedules specifically, daily, monthly, weekend soiled and clean operations activities.
• Mentors cage wash technicians leading by example.
• Performs additional projects as required.

• High school diploma or equivalent is preferred
• AALAS certification at ALAT level required. Must be obtained within a year of employment if initially hired without.

Physical Requirements:
This position requires constant walking, seeing, touching/feeling, lifting, talking, hearing, reading, writing, communicating, exposure to fumes/odors/dust, working in confined areas, potential allergens, and exposure to animals.

• Must be able to work a physically demanding job
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and carry at least 25 lbs.
• Must be able to use a step stool/ ladder to reach objects overhead
• Must have manual dexterity in both hands
• Must be able to bend down and/ or crouch repeatedly throughout the workday
• Must be able to push and pull carts that could potentially weigh 300lbs.
• Must be able to open doors and pull loaded supply carts through
• Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
• Ability to read and understand documents such as safety procedures, standard operating procedures for all cage wash equipment
• Must be able to maintain written records as required by SOP and laws/regulations
• Must be able to work prolonged periods wearing personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, lab coat, or scrubs and other apparel as required
• Must not be allergic to animals or their bedding
• Must be able to stand for prolonged period of times
• Working knowledge to see and identify differences in cage and accessory types
• Must demonstrate the ability to assess the cleanliness of cages and accessories

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send their resume and a copy of their AALAS certification to be considered. Apply here

About LJI:
In 2016, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer.

Full-time employment at LJI includes a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits, paid vacation/sick leave, and contributions to a retirement plan (403B).

LJI provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or pregnancy. This applies to all personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, educational assistance, and social and recreational programs.