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Oregon Health & Science University Laboratory Animal Technician 1 in Portland, Oregon

The Department of Comparative Medicine provides for the health and welfare needs, care, and housing of research animals throughout the OHSU central and waterfront campuses, and supports research innovations of OHSU Investigators.

The Laboratory Animal Technician 1 provides for the basic health and husbandry needs of a large variety of laboratory research animals. The Lab Animal Technician works as a member of a highly interdependent team using a professional approach in providing direct animal care. The technician is most often the first line of defense in spotting health and environmental problems. Duties include:

  • Change, sanitize and sterilize cages and accessory equipment. Feed, water and exercise animals as required by the USDA and NIH standards. Sterilize supplies for rodent colonies.

  • Maintain and disinfect animal rooms and support areas. Includes sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, washing and disinfecting floors, walls ceilings, sinks and other equipment. Handle feed and bedding appropriately. Rotate oldest material to be used first. Maintain clean supply of feed and bedding in animal room containers and label appropriately.

  • Observe animals for health and wellbeing. Reports physical or behavioral abnormalities promptly in writing. Record observations in the clinical records. Administer medications and treatments to animals as instructed by the veterinary staff or senior technicians. Monitor the environment in animal areas for changes or potential hazards to animals and experimental protocol.

  • Maintain records as required by federal regulations and guidelines. Keep accurate inventory records for billing purposes. Prepare for arrival of new animals. Disinfect shipping boxes, uncrate and house animals according to standard operating procedures. Inspect shipment to ensure that the specifications of the order have been met. Report any problems with the shipment and the condition of the animals to the Supervisor. Identify the animals and initiate records. Observe closely to assure the animal has adjusted to the new environment.

  • Must have at least 6 months of direct work related experience with animals, OR Certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT), OR 2 years of indirect laboratory animal experience.

  • Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Skill in making careful visual observations. Skill in communicating verbally and in writing.Skill in performing basic arithmetical calculations. Skill in handling, restraint, identification and sexing common varieties of laboratory animals. Skill in keeping accurate records. Skill in driving motor vehicles.

  • Possess and maintain a valid Oregon or Washington driver’s license.

  • Working Conditions: Work is located within a functioning vivarium. May be required to handle animals that have the potential to bite, scratch or harbor zoonotic diseases. Occupational exposure to allergens, chemicals, biological pathogens and radioactive material. This position would require travel between and Central and Waterfront Campuses potentially involving travel via the Tram.

  • Sufficient physical strength, agility and mobility to move cages of varying sizes, shapes and weights through corridors and elevators. Sufficient physical strength, agility and mobility to move objects of up to 10 lbs. repeatedly while bending, twisting and lifting. Sufficient physical strength to lift objects of 50 lbs. Ability to operate some equipment, such as cage washers and autoclaves. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Education: High School diploma or GED

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and resume or CV.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

Recruitment ID: 2020-4309

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Job Type: AFSCME union represented

Posting Pay: Min $15.05 - Max $20.05

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Schedule: Monday through Friday

Posting Hours: 7:00am to 3:30pm

HR Mission: Research

Drug Testable: No

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