Animal Caretaker I

Princeton, NJ
Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7188
Department Princeton Neuroscience Inst
Category Research and Laboratory
Date Posted 2/22/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Brody lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute seeks a highly motivated animal caretaker who will assist experimenters in day-to-day data collection operations in rodent behavior rigs. Duties include, but are not limited to , rodent handling, training, basic husbandry and lab cleaning/maintenance.


Daily: Train Mice: Retrieve mice from animal facility; load mice into behavior boxes; observe mice; unload mice; return them to their home cages and transport them to the animal facility.

Daily: Watering and weighing mice; keeping accurate hand-written records of the amount of water given, time given and daily weight of the mice. Taking a general look at the mice to see if they are healthy and contacting the appropriate experimenter or veterinary staff should there be a concern.

Daily: Setting up the behavior boxes at the beginning of the shift for experimenter use/mouse training. Cleaning the behavior boxes and training rooms at the end of the shift.

As needed: Basic maintenance and calibration of machines(monthly). Occasionally filling in in the rat behavior room. Post-op monitoring (bi-weekly). Husbandry: changing cages; replenishing food (weekly)


Applicants should have a High School Diploma or GED with 1-3 years relevant experience. The successful candidate will be detail oriented, meticulous and highly organized, reliable, able to work both independently and in a group setting and have:
  • general GLP: Awareness of the critical aspects of laboratory safety, ability to follow all SOP's and maintain a clean work environment.
  • basic computer skills a MUST.
  • ability to quickly learn tasks with general instructions.
  • ability to comfortably lift 50 lbs.
  • stand or walk continuously up to 6 hours per day.
  • sit for up to 2 hours per day.
  • lift or carry up to 20 pounds frequently (up to 500 times per day) and up to 50 pounds occasionally (up to 100 times per day).
  • push or pull using forces up to 50 pounds frequently (34-66% of the work day), and using forces up to 100 pounds occasionally ( less that 33% of the work day).
  • use hands for simple grasping, pushing or pulling, and fine manipulations constantly (more than 500 per day).
  • kneel, bend, squat, reach overhead. lift overhead, or push or pull frequently (34-66% of the work day).
  • knee stand, lie down, crawl or climb step tools or 6-foot stepladders occasionally ( less than 33% of the work day).
  • lift up to 50 pounds in a range of motions from floor to shoulder height.
  • lift up to 20 pounds ina range of motions from floor to overhead.
  • work in a controlled laboratory environment under a variety of temperature and humidity conditions.
  • possess ability to maintain balance, a full range of body motions, and physical agility

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check and post-offer pre-employment physical successfully.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

LTT, 035

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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