The primary purpose of this position is to oversee and perform daily husbandry care of animals housed in the Animal Care Facility, including maintenance and care of the facility and equipment, in compliance with all federal, state, and university regulations regarding the care and use of animals in research, teaching, and testing.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides daily husbandry care for animals housed in the Animal Care Facility (ACF), including the following:
Provides food, water, and enrichment daily.
Completes daily health status observations and administers basic medical treatments and procedures as needed.
Performs cage changes, including cleaning and sanitizing animal housing enclosures, equipment, and rooms.
Maintains records documenting all activities listed above and ensuring completion of said activities.
Provides training and guidance to research and animal care staff and students, including:
Facilitates training and orientation for all new ACF users.
Provides training for animal procedures as needed.
Provides re-training to any ACF users as needed.
Coordinates receipt and shipment of all incoming animals, including:
Confirms adequate space requirements to house incoming animals.
Prepares housing and supplies for all incoming animals.
Receives animal deliveries and moving to permanent housing in the ACF.
Maintains records documenting all activities listed above.
Maintains inventory of all facility supplies, including animal husbandry supplies, medical supplies, and all personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.) required in the ACF.
Coordinates daily tasks with student workers, delegating as needed, to ensure completion of all tasks listed above.
Maintains basic knowledge of all active animal protocols in the ACF.
Performs other related job duties as assigned by the Manager of Animal Facilities.
Associate’s Degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Animal Science, Veterinary Technician, or other related field. An Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) Certification and 3-5 years’ experience working directly with rodents in a laboratory or research setting may be considered in lieu of a degree.
Evidence of 1-3 years’ experience working with rodents in a laboratory or research setting required.
Ability to appropriately handle and restrain rodents, particularly mice and rats.
Knowledge of rodent husbandry and health conditions.
Knowledge of federal and state regulations regarding animals in research, including USDA, OLAW (Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare), PHS (Public Health Services), and OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) regulations.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills.
Strong attention to detail and able to consistently work accurately and with quality.
Strong decision-making skills, and able to work independently without immediate supervision.
Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment.
Ability to lift at least 50 pounds, move equipment (animal housing racks, cagewash racks, carts, etc.), and bend or squat to observe animals in knee-level cages.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Animal Science, Veterinary Technician, or other related field.
Graduation from an AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technician Program, and licensed by the AAVSB.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).
We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.
Internal Number: 30-234 (PVMA)
About Duquesne University
Duquesne University inspires growth - intellectually, spiritually and professionally.
Employees at Duquesne University are an integral part of a dedicated community of students, scholars, clergy and professionals from diverse backgrounds. Our talented staff and faculty drive the University's growth and advances in higher education, technology, research and community involvement. We provide many ways for our employees to grow, personally and professionally, through research, interdisciplinary programs and service.
With about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, Duquesne University offers close interaction among faculty, administrators, staff and students. Our nine schools offer more than 180 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, giving students a broad perspective and a wide range of academic choices.
The Schools include:
McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Mylan School of Pharmacy
Rangos School of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
School of Education
Mary Pappert School of Mu...sic
School of Law
Biomedical Engineering Program
From our campuses in Ireland and Italy, to our home on the bluff, Duquesne is changing educational models to meet the needs of today's students in new ways. We provide courses online and on campus and offer innovative programs in emerging industries such as biomedical engineering.
Full-time employees are eligible for an excellent flexible benefits program that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, short and long term disability benefits, tuition remission and exchange, retirement savings plan, and vacation time. Compensation is competitive with other higher educational institutions of our stature.
Duquesne is a private university on a 50-acre campus, located above the vibrant city of Pittsburgh. This gives our community a small town feel near a rich urban setting. The Pittsburgh region offers a variety of cultural, education and professional opportunities, where a safe and affordable lifestyle is readily available.
Duquesne University interacts with Pittsburgh's corporate community through business and medical fieldwork and internships that enhance our students' educational experiences. Students and faculty also contribute through community service in health care, education, social services and the arts.
One of America's leading Catholic universities, Duquesne was founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in 1878. The Spiritans continue to play an important and inspirational role in the campus' ethical teachings and outreach. The Duquesne community contributes about 249,700 hours of voluntary service each year, with more than 60 percent of our students in direct service to the underprivileged.
Applicants must be willing to contribute actively to the mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.