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Vivarium Technician II

Job Description:
Under the general supervision of the Vivarium Manager, the Animal Technician-II is responsible for basic animal husbandry and maintenance of the animal facility in compliance with USDA, NIH, AAALAC and other applicable laws and regulations.

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, 6:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
• Must be able to work overtime as needed before or after regular shift, weekends and holidays.

Position Responsibilities:
• Animal cage preparation, changing, disposing of soiled bedding and washing cages.
• Provide food, water and enrichment supplies to animals on a scheduled basis.
• Observe animal health status and record abnormal findings on notification forms. Notify Supervisor and Research staff of abnormal findings. Files necessary reports, and follows up on health status and/ or treatments.
• Performs inventory of animals.
• Other duties include proper animal handling and restraint.
• Euthanize animals in accordance with AVMA guidelines and prepare carcasses for disposal.
• Maintain inventory of supplies in animal rooms and entire facility.
• Sweep, mop and disinfect floors in animal rooms and support areas.
• Facility sanitation responsibilities include disinfecting walls, ceilings and other surfaces on a routine basis.
• Perform all VT-I duties in the event of staff shortages at that level.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Education:
• High school diploma or equivalent required
• AALAS certification at ALAT desired but not required

Experience:
• Prior laboratory animal experience (1-2 years experience handling animals)
• Knowledge of customer service principles and practices
• Ability to exercise diplomacy in interactions with multinational scientific staff

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 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 candidates should send their resume and any certifications enclosed within a single document 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. The Institute hosts 24 world-renowned faculty and over 70 postdoctoral researchers hailing from 21 different countries. 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.