Laboratory Animal Resource Center
The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) supports the research programs of the faculty by providing all services associated with the care and use of laboratory animals including the purchasing/receiving, daily care and monitoring of the health of all species.
The Assistant Animal Technician is an entry level position wherein the incumbent provides facility support services including operation of equipment (e.g., autoclaves, cage-washers, water dispensers) and cleaning regimens (cages, racks, and storage areas), and learns to care for animals as required by applicable laws and regulations. Duties include cleaning cages, racks, and cage accessories; loading tunnel or rack washers; filling cages with bedding; properly disposing waste; tracking equipment inventory; and operating autoclaves and other facility-related equipment. The assistant may participate in on-the-job training programs to learn about proper care and handling of research animals, including delivering food and water according to established procedures and maintaining equipment and animal housing areas according to standard operating procedures and federal and state regulations. In addition, the position will perform record keeping duties such as per-diem records, feed logs, temperature/humidity charts, animal receipt and disposition logs, and computer related duties/assignments. The incumbent will also perform other related duties.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.
• Graduation from high school or GED; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Ability to learn feeding, caging, and space requirements for all species of laboratory animals
• Ability to comprehend written orders and agency regulations
• Skill to distinguish between sick and normal animals.
Physical Demands: requires sitting, standing, walking, squatting, bending, waist twisting, kneeling, crawling, lifting up to 20 lbs., carrying/pulling up to 60 lbs., pushing over 60 lbs., fine finger manipulation, gross manipulation, simple/power grasp, repetitive hand/arm use; exposure to dust, fumes or gases, chemicals or toxic substances, latex; operating motor vehicles, use of protective equipment; ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surface for up to seven hours/day.
Note: Physical/health screening, fingerprinting and background check required.
• Prior animal handling experience
• Willingness to learn federal and other licensing agencies’ regulations
• Skill to distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior.