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. LARC provides care for various species of laboratory animals housed in multiple LARC research facilities located throughout the city of San Francisco.
The Animal Technician is responsible for the daily care of animals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Duties include changing cages and racks, delivering food and water in accordance with established procedures, 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, animal health surveillance, feed logs, temperature/humidity charts, animal receipt, and disposition logs. 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, completion of training equivalent to the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and one year of animal care experience; or high school graduation and two years of animal care experience in the care of an animal species appropriate to the particular job; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Demonstrated experience working under general supervision
• Complete and remain current in BRER training
• Complete Ergonomics training
• Complete Ethics training
• Complete and remain current in Laboratory Safety for Researchers training
• Complete Facilities Orientation for each assigned site
• Successful completion of ALAT in-house training curriculum within one year of employment
• One year of animal handling or lab animal sanitation equipment operations experience
• Ability to communicate animal health information to appropriate personnel and maintain legible records for permanent status, including via the use of computer/email for all assignments
• General knowledge of feeding, caging, and space requirements for multiple species of laboratory animals used in biomedical research
• Ability and skills needed to identify animal health concerns and regulatory compliance for their assigned areas and to report conditions to veterinary staff, researchers, and compliance staff
• Full knowledge of disinfection, sanitation, and cleaning agents; knowledge and ability to use cage washers for cleaning and autoclaves for sterilization of cages
• Ability to follow instructions and to work independently or in shared assignments with others
• Basic computer skills (e.g.,e/mail skills; ability to scan cage barcodes, sync PDAs for submitting Health Surveillance Reports electronically, utilize email account for work-related communications, complete online training, submit HBS timesheets)
• Satisfactory job performance ratings at all times during probationary employment period
• Ability to follow work rules, including no eating or drinking in animal areas and no smoking at campus facilities
• Willingness to work at all LARC locations.
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 personal protective equipment, including protective clothing, protective glasses, safety shoes and gloves daily, face masks as required, respirator if assigned; ability to move on hard surface for up to 7 hours/day,
Note: Physical/health screening, fingerprinting and background check required.
• AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification
• General knowledge of federal and other licensing agencies’ regulations.