Animal Care Assistant 1

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Animal Care Assistant 1

Stanford University

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Animal Care Assistant 1 Job Code: 5835 Job Grade: A12 FTE: 100%
Department of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and School of Medicine
The School of Engineering
Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

Department of Bioengineering

Stanford Bioengineering is a dynamic and rapidly growing department within the Stanford Schools of Engineering and Medicine. For more than a decade, the Department of Bioengineering has sought to advance bioengineering as a fundamental engineering discipline grounded in basic sciences, powered by a unique set of engineering concepts and principles, and capable of realizing many diverse applications. Our community ranges broadly, consisting of esteemed alumni, world class faculty and students, dynamic staff and administrators and include some of the world's most successful leaders in bioengineering technology and business In realizing our mission, our staff are critical to supporting our organization's goals and enabling Stanford faculty and students to accomplish its mission conducting cutting-edge research with the objective of formulating innovative solutions to global challenges through the field of bioengineering.

The Fischbach Lab in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University is seeking an Animal Care Assistant to join our team exploring a wide variety of biological questions. This position will be involved in maintaining a gnotobiotic mouse facility, working independently to support various research projects. The ideal candidate will be able to attain a high degree of independence in helping maintain the mouse colony and gnotobiotic facility. Candidate will need to demonstrate aptitudes in foresight, planning, and an ability to organize and schedule the many tasks associated with running a gnotobiotic mouse facility. Some ability to build and assemble equipment is desired. Understanding the principals of sterilization is a key facet of the position. If you have these skills and the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, then this may be the position for you!

This is a one-year fixed term position with the option for renewal based on funding.

Perform basic functions and activities involved in maintenance of gnotobiotic mouse facility and defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Mouse husbandry and breeding
  • Mouse cage maintenance
  • Cleaning and maintenance of job-related equipment and facility
  • Building, modification, and sterilizing of gnotobiotic isolators and other supplies
  • Maintain detailed records.
  • Contribute to publication of findings as needed. Participate in the preparation of written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.
  • Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to handle small animals or to operate sterilizing equipment

  • Demonstrated habits of cleanliness and neatness

  • Ability to keep detailed records pertaining to animal census, cage inventory, and cage washing and sterilizing temperatures

  • Ability to follow oral and/or written instructions in English

  • Ability to learn the techniques and procedures required to care for and handle a variety of
  • Ability to operate a variety of equipment, such as cage washer or sterilizing equipment

  • Ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds, e.g., feed bags or cages

  • Ability to work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment

  • Valid California driver's license in order to transport animals and equipment to various sites
    using University vehicles. Certifications and Licenses: ALAT certification preferred
    • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 50 pounds.
    • Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
    • Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
    • Must have correctable vision to perform duties of the job.
    • Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
    • Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.
    • Position may require repetitive motion.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    • May require working in close proximity to blood borne pathogens.
    • Requires work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
    • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present.
    • Employee must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, and possibly a respirator.
    • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.

    • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
    • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

    Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
    Why Stanford is for You
    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
    • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
    • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
    • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
    • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
    • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!
    How to Apply
    We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in customer service and provide examples of your experience with attention to detail, responsiveness, and decision-making.


    Location: School of Engineering, California, United States
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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/26/2018
    Application Due: 1/28/2019
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