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Under the supervision of the Animal Facilities Manager and with work direction from lab managers and PIs, the incumbent will provide care for animals housed in the Division of Biological Sciences. Incumbent will serve primarily as the fish facility specialist with day- to-day responsibility for all aquatic species, primarily Zebrafish in Biology Buildings with support and assistance to the Quarantine Fish Room in Pacific Hall, as well as support to all satellite fish facilities. Emphasis is on the daily care, feeding, and rearing of fish, plus the facility maintenance, and maintaining and monitoring aquatic systems and environmental conditions. Consistent, clear and timely communications on health issues and/or concerns are essential.
Incumbent will be responsible for maintaining water and aquatic system operations, and reporting/recording to lab teams and supervisor. Responsible for monitoring the number of animals per cage/tank to prevent overcrowding and report population statistics. Assist investigators with administering medications and perform euthanasia as requested. May assist in collecting tissue samples. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, washing/sterilizing tanks and lab glassware, purchasing and inventory, equipment and facility cleaning and maintenance, media preparation, pest control, and facility safety compliance.
The incumbent will perform or assist with administrative duties, such as data entry for health and census, inventory and supply, facility maintenance repairs and requests, record keeping, documentation, facility orientation, etc. Assist with training of new vivarium personnel and orienting lab staff, including training and work direction of student and casual employees.
Must work variable schedule including weekends and holidays.
Primary work schedule for this position is Wednesday through Sunday. Must work overtime as necessary to fulfill job requirements.
Must be willing and able to work in areas with Odors, Mists, Humidity, and 81F degrees, the optimal fish temperature.
Must be able to visually observe/inspect animal behavior and appearance.
Must be willing and able to work in areas with biohazardous agents, radioactive isotopes, and substantial animal contact.
Graduation from high school or a GED and three (3) years of laboratory experience OR two (2) years of college including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, or genetics and one (1) year of laboratory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience in aquaculture.
Skill and ability to measure and add buffers and conditioners and meticulously follow protocols to ensure consistent water quality.
Ability to do standard and routine daily administrative and management tasks for research and upkeep of zebrafish facility and support areas.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to maintain facility, supplies and equipment efficiently and properly.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Good communication skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility with students, staff, faculty, and visitors of various cultures and backgrounds.
Ability and judgment to recognize and execute tasks in consideration of set priorities with the ability to consult supervisor when priorities are unclear.
Demonstrated experience working with Artemia and Rotifers preferred.
Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.
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