CMP Research Animal Technician I

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University

Job Title

CMP Research Animal Technician I

Agency

Texas A&M University

Department

Vice Pres For Research

Proposed Minimum Salary

$10.32 hourly

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Who we are

The Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) enhances excellence in research and teaching at Texas A&M through high quality animal care. We provide a variety of services to researchers at the university through standard and specialized facilities. These services include the procurement of animals and animal husbandry supplies, provision of veterinary care, use of CMP surgical facilities, a polyclonal antibody production service, technical support services, and animal use training services. To learn more, visit https://vpr.tamu.edu/manage-research/cmp.

What we want

The Comparative Medicine Program is seeking a CMP Research Animal Technician I, who will be responsible for sanitation of assigned animal holding rooms, maintenance of assigned support areas, and husbandry duties for laboratory animals. This position will report directly to a CMP Division Coordinator with the Comparative Medicine Program. We seek to hire a candidate who will support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Work Schedule: This job has a potential for working outside of normal business hours; such as a Tuesday thru Saturday shift or a Sunday thru Thursday shift, weekends and Holidays as required.

References: Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload contact information for three professional references (to include at least one previous supervisor). You may upload this information under CV/Resume.

Please Note: This is a full time position and the hourly rate will range from: $10.32 to $13.26 /hr.

COVID-19 information: Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible. Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.

Required Education and Experience:
  • High School diploma or equivalency, or any equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Six months of related experience in laboratory animal care
  • Successful completion of a formal Laboratory Animal Science Course may substitute for three months of laboratory animal care experience
Required Licenses and Certifications:
  • Valid driver license and good driving record.
  • Must be able to obtain State of Texas class "C" vehicle driver license within 30 days of employment
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with other
  • Knowledge of animal care and safety processes
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
  • Must be able to lift or move heavy objects and move/push/pull carts on weight bearing wheels carrying heavy loads
  • Must be able to tolerate a significant amount of bending, stretching, and/or moving
  • Ability to work around animals, latex, waste products, or bedding
  • Persons in this position are considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc. and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor
  • Must be available to work outside of normal business hours; such as a Tuesday through Saturday shift or a Sunday through Thursday shift
  • Must work weekends and holidays as required
Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Successful completion of any CMP Laboratory Animal Science Course or successful completion within first year in position
  • Cage wash experience
Preferred Licenses and Certifications:
  • American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification.
Responsibilities:
  • Animal Cage Wash - Performs cage wash duties for assigned conventional and specific pathogen free research animal colonies. Follows established protocols and procedures and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use. Prepares cage and bottle set-ups based on knowledge of different animal caging types, required bedding material and environmental enrichment per requests submitted by direct supervisor.
  • Sanitation and Maintenance - Cleans and maintains laboratory animal care areas, feed and bedding supply areas, and cage wash area and documents sanitation and maintenance of assigned areas. Operates, cleans, maintains and makes minor repairs to laboratory animal cages and related laboratory animal equipment including cage washers and autoclaves, reporting malfunctioning or broken equipment and documenting daily equipment performance. May transport caging equipment, bulk feed, and bedding materials requiring the operation of University motor vehicle. Takes necessary precaution, in keeping with OSHA standards and other applicable federal and state regulations when working with hazardous chemicals, materials, animals and power equipment.
  • Animal Handling, Observation and Record Keeping - Will be trained in and may perform the following: husbandry and care for research animals for assigned conventional, specific pathogen free (SPF) animal colonies. Observes all laboratory animals in assigned work area and reports any conditions that might indicate illness, injury or distress in accordance with established protocols, procedures and guidelines concerning quality assurance and laboratory animal care and use. Records accurate observations of animals and environmental parameters.
  • Continued Education and Training - Participates in training and continued education activities as provided by CMP and required by federal guidelines and accreditation standards. Interacts and communicates effectively with Texas A&M University research staff and Comparative Medicine Program (CMP) staff. Attends meetings as needed to improve skills and knowledge or as required by management. Performs other duties as assigned
Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate, specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate and will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Posted: 01/28/2022