#6552 Senior Technician (Instructional Support Technician II), College of Sciences

Job description



San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on March 19, 2018. To receive full consideration, apply by March 18, 2018. The position will remain open until filled.  The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice. 

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Position Information


This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary)position. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Under supervision of the Research Facilities and Operations Director and the Animal Facility Coordinator, this position will assist in providing continuous 24-hour care for animals in all OLAC animal facilities.  In a broad sense, it includes assistance in the daily operational management of animal care facilities sufficient to ensure that stringent NIH and USDA standards are met.  Responsibilities include participation in the daily operation at all levels to assure for the maintenance of the health and well-being of the animals, maintenance of animal support equipment and facilities in good condition, and providing training and other services to support the research goals of the animal facility users.   

The position responsibilities includes the participation in the husbandry and maintenance of the animal facility, planning schedules for animal support staff, monitoring of the animal census, sample collection for the animal health surveillance program, oversight of the safe use of biological and chemical materials used in animal research, inventory and ordering supplies, equipment operation and maintenance, and training of users and OLAC staff in operational policies and procedures.  Responsibilities assuring compliance with all applicable rules and regulations governing animal housing and research are also critical.  The Senior Technician will provide training and orientation sessions for animal facility users including instructional support staff, research staff, and graduate and undergraduate students participating in research and instructional projects.  Working with the veterinarians to provide health observations and treatment to the animals along with assistance with breeding colony management are essential roles of the position.

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Compensation and Benefits


Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $4,022 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,748 - $6,204 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here




Minimum Qualifications 

Equivalent to three years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to specialty area to which assigned.


Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the specialty area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Lead and/or supervisory experience.

  • 5 or more years of experience in the care and handling of laboratory animals.

  • Experience in health surveillance monitoring programs including parasitology and maintenance of sentinel animals.

  • At least two years of experience with USDA covered species.

  • LATG certification.

  • Experience with federal guidelines that define the standards of animal care and maintenance, formally established by USDA Animal Welfare Act and the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

  • Experience with standard laboratory animal care methods and procedures, as defined by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to train and delegate duties to subordinates.

  • Skills in handling animals.

  • Knowledge of terminology used in veterinary medical practice.

  • Ability to instruct staff and students in animal care and handling techniques.

  • Ability to edit and write clear, precise, detailed letters, memos, policies, procedures, reports and training materials.

  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations governing the care and use of laboratory animals.

  • Knowledge of supply and equipment vendors and service companies and their capabilities.

  • Ability to perform clinical techniques including injections, tissue collection, medication and dosages, health treatments and identification methods.

  • At least two years of experience with standard euthanasia techniques and philosophy, as defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

  • Familiarity with the application of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

  • At least two years of experience in the safe use of biohazardous and chemical materials in laboratory animals.

  • Experience in operation and maintenance of autoclaves, cage washing, ventilated racks and automated watering systems.


Application Procedures


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here.

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099.

General Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.






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Job No: #6552
Posted: 3/7/2018
Application Due: 5/6/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Compensation and Benefits Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $4,022 per month