Temporary - Cage Washer/Technician
Northwestern University - Chicago, IL

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Under direct supervision, the Cage Wash Technician performs cage washing and caretaking duties, as well as essential equipment maintenance including cleaning and sanitizing cages and rooms.
Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to work staggered shift schedule, overtime, weekends, and holidays as required. Work may require several hours of standing and walking in and around the animal facility. Work will require access to the animal facilities. Must be enrolled in the university’s occupational health program which entails filling out a health questionnaire. The health questionnaire is submitted to the university’s occupational health provider for review. Must be willing to undergo job related background check. Must successfully maintain physical condition that will assure efficient performance of tasks, including successful completion of physical examination. This position requires the individual to be available to work on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate.
Work will require access to the animal facilities.

Principle accountabilities:
Cleaning and sterilizing cages, equipment, supplies, and rooms (primary and secondary enclosures) as required in CCM SOP;
Preparing refuse for disposal or incineration;
Maintaining efficient organization and flow of equipment through cage wash area;
Monitoring and maintaining washers and sterilizers in proper working condition;
Documenting and reporting equipment malfunctions to members of CCM management;
Maintaining proper record keeping of washer and sterilizer assurance testing;
Feeding and watering animals prescribed diets;
Observing animals regularly during the day, noting and reporting any variances in eating, drinking or deviation from normal habits, to include obvious health issues with behavior, skin conditions, etc.;
Observing and reporting changes in environmental parameters (i.e., temperature, humidity, lighting, etc.) to CCM management;
Assisting in maintaining records of animal ages, weights, inoculations, experimentations, breeding and other pertinent data;
Reporting all failures to follow CCM's SOP's to CCM management immediately;
Under direct supervision, transferring animals between buildings, cages, laboratories and holding areas;
Performing any related duties as required or assigned by CCM management;
Performing other related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
A high school diploma or GED or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;
Demonstrated receptive attitude to feedback, willingness to learn, and embraces continuous improvement;
Demonstrated ability to perform duties and responsibilities with attention to detail and support for organizational policies, as well as the ability to anticipate demands/pressures of assignments and adjust accordingly;
Demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments, demand trustworthiness in others, display courage and objectivity, and incorporate honesty, respect, and fairness in daily actions;
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously;
The ability to formulate realistic plans and define anticipated results.

Preferred Qualifications:
AAALAS certified ALAT;
3 months of cage wash or animal husbandry experience;
Ability to handle laboratory animals in a manner that avoids injury to self or animals, and able to exercise basic principles of animal health care related to disease control, sanitation and environmental enrichment.

"As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment."

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer
Posted: 12/28/12

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What's NU? With its main campus in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Northwestern University (NU) serves its 16,500 students...