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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by AAALAC International and provides services to over 400 principal investigators. DCM faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and residents conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.
DCM has an outstanding opportunity for (2) full time ANIMAL TECHNICIAN 1 positions. These individuals will perform full cage wash room duties, animal care in rooms, and custodial care for animals and animal facilities.
Follow Standard Operating Procedures, Working Guidelines, and related documents for cage wash room duties, animal care and housing in the rooms and in the facilities
Identify and report signs of illness or abnormalities when caring for the animals
Operate various equipment, including cage washers, bottle washers, tunnel washers, autoclaves, and other support equipment in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and Working Guidelines
Clean, maintain and organize cage washing areas as well as areas used for animal food preparation; clean, sanitize, and sterilize caging and various animal accessories
Provide food and water to animals according to instructions; observe and document information regarding animals' identification, food and water consumption, care, and general health
Prepare clean animal cages and enclosures for a wide variety of animals according to requirements; transfer animals to clean enclosures following proper procedures
Monitor and record environmental parameters; report deviations as instructed - Stock and maintain room supplies
Review incoming department and university emails daily
May drive the department animal transfer van as needed to deliver live animals and supplies to various facilities
Perform related duties as required
- Physical ability to do required work - Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively with others in written and spoken form - Ability to take direction - Ability to maintain records and to ensure accurate data collection - Ability to learn to operate equipment such as autoclaves and tunnel or rack washers - Basic computer skills to include sending and receiving emails, word processing (e.g., Word), and internet navigation - Ability to learn to successfully complete time reporting using an online database
Experience working with animals
Experience working in a research facility
An aptitude for machine and motor operations
Experience operating a box truck and a small car (Prius)
Hold a valid Washington State driver's license that has not been suspended or revoked for the past three years for any reason
Ability to successfully complete University driver education and training
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Condition of Employment:
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry 30 pounds
Must be willing and able to work with a wide variety of animals
Work schedule will be Wednesday-Sunday, 7:00am - 3:30pm; future work week schedules and facility assignments may change to meet the needs of the department
Some weekend and holiday work will be required.
Must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check
May be required to work with and take specific precautions, against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing.
The employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures.
Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.
This is an essential position and the employee will be expected to report to work under conditions that other employees are not required to report to work, such as inclement weather and UW suspended operations.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.