Job description

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

Provide husbandry to laboratory anim als, maintain animal inventory records and Animal Husbandry and Room Mai ntenance Records, and perform facility sanitation in animal facilities. Work schedules are assigned by the Facility Manager or his/her designee forthat specific animal facility. This position requires weekend and hol iday work hours, and involves daily exposure to laboratory animals and t heir waste products.

Work Performed

The following duties are performed daily under management supervision:

    Perform daily work involving the handling of conventional and genetica lly engineered animal models with immunocompromised health status, anim als recovering from surgery or other invasive procedures, neonates etc.< /li>
  • Perform duties within various animal biosafety levels.
  • C hange cages or pens following aseptic and conventional technique and ass ures animals are not contaminated when outside of their primary enclosur e.Maintain animal rooms (secondary enclosures) and facility hallways in aclean state so that secondary infections or other contamination do noto ccur. Animal room and hallway maintenance should include sanitation moni toring performed by taking bacterial cultures or RODAC plating.
  • Sanitize animal facility equipment including the use of tunnel washers,r ack washers, automatic watering systems and autoclaves for sterilization . Operate cage washer, autoclave and other animal facility equipment.Ass emble caging supplies with properly sterilized feed (previously irradiat ed or autoclaved) and water (acidified, autoclaved, or reverse osmosis) in a manner that assures that they remain sterile through the handling p rocess.
  • Evaluate animal's health each day and report abnormalcli nical signs to the veterinary staff. Perform treatments as prescribed by the veterinary staff and report progress of therapies. Provide specia lized technical assistance (dosing, tissue procurement, necropsies,and treatments) to veterinarians and investigators.
  • Perform weanings when requested by researcher or staff assuring that each animal's sex is accurately determined and that females and males are properly separated . Palpate breeding animals to determine if females are pregnant andsepar ates them prior to parturition.
  • Record critical facility data/do cumentation ona daily basis as required by local, state, and federal reg ulatory agencies overseeing how animals are cared for and used inresearc h, teaching, and education.
  • Track progress of neonates and deter mine when animals should be weaned; report to the PI and the facility ma nager and check in animals when weanings are scheduled to occur;monitor and document cages that are overcrowded due to multiple littersin one ca ge, too many adults in a single cage or animals that are beyond nursing age.
  • Receive and process incoming animals and suppliesin the abs ence of the Facility Manager or designee.
  • Participatein animal q uarantine and health surveillance programs for the facility.Adhere to co ntainment practices in the event of an infectious pathogenoutbreak or wh en working in biocontainment facilities.
  • Use current technology including PDAs and bar code scanning applications to record daily cage c ensus, animal health observations, weaned cages, and otherimportant mana gement practices.
  • Report facility and environmental issues that fall outside animal welfare regulatory requirements (as defined in the G uide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals) to Facility Manager or designee. Assist the Facility Manager or designee with incoming animals and supplies.
  • Implement environmental enrichmentprogram intended to minimize animal stress in the research setting.
  • Perform rou tine euthanasia on laboratory animals according to the American Veterina ry Medical Associations (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia.
  • Provide guid ance and training to new animal technicians.
  • Attend technician m eetings and training sessions on all aspects of laboratory animal care a nd uses of animals in biomedical research as scheduled by the supervisor y staff.
  • Work weekends and holidays as assigned.
  • Comply with Duke Policies and standard operatingprocedures.

  • Proficient in verbaland written Engl ish and Mathematics pertinent to the duties of this positions and situat ions encountered in the animal facility. Proficiency will be determined by written examination and interview conducted by DLARstaff.
  • Demonstrated proficiency (didactic and practical) for core DLAR S OPs.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 lbs. on a regular basis. Long periods of standing.
  • Customer-focused attitude and enjoys worki ng with similarlydedicated persons in a team fashionwithin a high-energy research environment. Ability to learn bar code andelectronic/PDA techn ology.

  • The animal facility has a v arietyof environmental conditions. Specifically, employees may be expos ed to noise, dust, chemicals, extreme heat, and animal waste products. T he duration of exposure of any of the above is dependent on assigned dut ies. Some aspects of this position may expose the incumbent to potential ly fatal zoonotic diseases. Appropriate protectiveclothing and equipment may be required and will be provided when required, accompanied by appr opriate training.
    Minimum Qualifications


    Work requires a high school diploma or equivalent. ALAT certification must be obtained within 18 months of employment. Must have a valid driver license


    Some experience in the care and handling of animals preferred.

    Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

    ALAT certification must be obtained within 18 months of employment.

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/19/2021
    Application Due: 5/20/2021
    Work Type: Full Time