Asst Laboratory Animal Tech - 22073BR

Asst Laboratory Animal Tech

Animal Care Unit
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas is looking to fill a full-time, benefits eligible Assistant Laboratory Animal Tech. This is an entry level animal husbandry position. This position plays an integral role in ensuring research animals and facilities are maintained consistent with exemplary standards of animal care. Under immediate supervision, the Assistant Lab Animal Tech provides routine husbandry and care of research animals. Responsibilities also include cage sanitation and preparation for reuse. Requires work on weekends and holidays.

The University of Kansas offers great benefits to employees such as paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU offers employees education and professional development opportunities. KU also provides study materials and paid study time for obtaining the ALAT certification.

Job Description

  • Provides diligent and responsible animal care.
  • Feeds and waters animals.
  • Changes and clean cages.
  • Sanitizes equipment and facilities.
  • Records and reports animal abnormalities including altered eating, drinking, waste elimination, behavior, superficial lesions, and/or death.
  • Assists with technical procedures including record keeping, animal identification, breeding, sexing, specimen collection, preparing diets, and euthanasia.
  • Records and reports environmental abnormalities.
  • Provides routine physical maintenance of assigned areas.
  • Performs routine duties associated with cage sanitation and preparation for reuse in a research setting including cage maintenance, monitoring equipment for proper function and maintaining sanitary conditions.
  • Operates mechanical washers and ensures cage washing and related equipment are in proper working order.
  • Performs routine start-up and shut down procedures.
  • Operates autoclaves to sterilize or decontaminate caging and equipment. Assists in receiving and storing materials, food and supplies.
  • Transports caging and supplies between animal rooms and cage wash facilities including intra-institutional transfers.
  • Maintains sanitary condition of cage wash facilities and other ancillary areas including corridors and storage rooms.
  • May assist in training other animal science workers or student assistants.
  • Works independently.
  • Takes necessary precautions to adhere to OSHA standards, other hazardous agents, animals, and power equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  1. Position requires performing physical tasks, such as gripping, reaching, bending.
  2. Regularly lift 51-100 pounds (with or without accommodation).
  3. Available to work weekends.
  4. Valid Driver's License.

Required Qualifications

  1. High School diploma or GED equivalency and one year of relevant experience.
  2. AALAS Certification at the ALAT level or AALAS certification within 6 months of eligibility.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Previous animal experience (Veterinary Technology degree a plus).

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications will begin May 13, 2022 and continue until a qualified pool of candidates is identified. To ensure first consideration, please apply by May 12, 2022.

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Advertised Salary Range

minimum $15.20/ hour

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Animal Care Unit
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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