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VPR-Animal Resources

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with occasional after-hours and weekend work as needed to complete projects.

Advertised Salary:

$40,000 - $50,000

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Health Science Manager



Job Family:

Animal Care



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Position Summary:

This is a senior supervisory position managing animal husbandry operations in an AAALAC accredited program. Daily supervisory responsibilities focus on rodents and also include weekend duty with other species, such as ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, lizards, and fish. Incumbent will supervise multiple employees and be knowledgeable and capable of performing all aspects of animal husbandry in a rodent vivarium housing primarily mice and rats in ABSL-1 and ABSL-2 environments. Individual will be responsible for supervising the daily care and management of animals including feeding, watering, sanitation, animal health surveillance, enrichment and environmental monitoring following established schedules, procedures and guidelines. Assures animals and the vivarium are appropriately maintained in accordance with USDA Animal Welfare regulations, the Guide for the Care & Use of Laboratory Animals, the BMBL manual, and institutional policies.

Job involves performing personnel management duties including recommendations regarding hiring, firing, and job promotions, scheduling work assignments, training and mentoring employees and evaluating work performance. Directs and performs sanitation duties such as cleaning and disinfection of animal rooms, primary enclosures and ancillary equipment. Assures all employees follow all established bio-safety/safety procedures while husbanding animals and performing sanitation tasks, including the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Maintains, operates and supervises the use of animal care and ancillary equipment. Supervises and participates in the handling, restraint and transport of animals. Establishes and ensures the documentation and maintenance of facility records.

Coordinates and performs animal facility orientations and trains staff in University Research Animal Resources policies and procedures. Monitors and maintains operational supplies inventory and equipment. Responsible for animal facility database management of animal order receipts, census, billing, and animal identification. Advises animal resources facility management personnel on maintenance issues and ensures equipment and facility preventative maintenance tasks are appropriately completed following established schedules. Participates in and organizes pre-study meetings with investigators and URAR staff. Arranges provision of husbandry and technical services to animal facility users. Conducts, monitors, and documents the integrated pest management plan for the vivarium and coordinates program with operations manager. Performs job performance appraisals, initiates employee time/leave reporting, and assists with metrics reports. Writes, reviews, and revises Animal Resources Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and assures all employees are properly trained and all work performed is in accordance with established SOPs.

Interacts with the operations manager to coordinate project management and resource scheduling/utilization with research and animal care/veterinary teams. Provides support for in vivo research conducted in facilities by managing the day to day interactions with principal investigators and research technicians. Participation in UGA’s Occupational Health & Safety Program and may include vaccinations, spirometry and respirator fit testing. Candidate will participate in on-going training and continuing education programs. Incumbent will work and perform emergency on-call duties as assigned, during weekdays, overnight, rotating weekends, holidays and on-call duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

The ideal applicant will have the ability to independently perform animal facility management duties in a research vivarium focused on mice and rats, while strictly adhering to applicable regulatory statues and institutional policies. In addition, applicant should demonstrate knowledge of and experience with multiple laboratory animal species that will be cared for on a less frequent basis. Incumbent will have the ability to communicate clearly and succinctly utilizing good verbal and written skills and using emotional intelligence to navigate the academic setting. Mature leadership skills are essential, as well as the ability to plan, establish, and execute the training of employees in the applicable standard operating procedures relating to animal care and bio-safety/safety practices. Incumbent will have the ability to define work priorities, allocate labor and equipment resources and evaluate employee work progress. This is a working supervisor position and the job involves excellent organizational skills establishing, adjusting and fulfilling all job responsibilities to ensure timely and accurate completion of work while efficiently using resources. The incumbent will be able to independently develop work improvement plans to maximize performance, foster teamwork and facilitate the daily work schedules of subordinates in order to meet research project objectives. Incumbent will have considerable interaction with principal investigators, veterinary and research staff. Job involves good problem solving skills and the ability to formulate and implement effective and efficient solutions. Qualified applicants will be skilled in computer programs such as Word & Excel and possess an aptitude to learn new facility management software programs.

Physical Demands:

Candidate will withstand sustained periods of physical activity such as standing, bending, stooping, reaching above shoulder level and have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Job involves the ability to work sometimes under demanding conditions (high humidity, unpleasant odors, animal excreta and noise). Work environment involves some exposure to biohazards and/or physical risks, which involves following established safety procedures. Job may involve taking multiple showers each day and can wear PPE (PAPRS, protective clothing, battery packs, respirators, gloves, etc.) and stand on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Candidate will restrain, handle, and treat multiple species of animals including non-human primates and agricultural species in relatively confined spaces. Work may be physically demanding involving the transport, relocation and positioning of animal care and auxiliary equipment.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Provides active and timely oversight for subordinate employees in the daily care and management of research and teaching animals including feeding, watering, animal handling/transport, animal health surveillance, enrichment and environmental monitoring. Assures animals are appropriately maintained in accordance with applicable regulatory statues and institutional policies.

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Manages the operations and supervises subordinate employees in the proper sanitation and sterilization practices in the research animal vivarium. Supervises and performs the cleaning and sanitation of animal rooms, primary enclosures and equipment following established procedures and schedules. Assures the vivarium is appropriately maintained in accordance with applicable regulatory statutes and institutional policies.

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Performs various personnel management duties. Trains, mentors, and counsels subordinate employees in institutional policies, procedures and practices. Establishes employee work schedules and assigns daily work tasks. Monitors and evaluates work performed to ensure all practices and procedures follow prescribed Standard Operating Procedures and institutional policies. Responsible for employee performance evaluations, payroll/leave functions, and other personnel related administrative duties. Maintains and ensures appropriate supplies and equipment inventories. Responsible for preventative maintenance of animal care and ancillary equipment ensuring it is maintained and functioning at optimal performance.

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Conducts, monitors, and supervises employees in the daily observation of animals for signs of diseases, sickness or abnormal behavior. Assures animal health notifications and documentation are appropriate. Coordinates and supervises the rodent health surveillance, animal facility quality assurance and integrated pest management program.

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Develops procedures and methods for accountability to ensure all facility records such as animal room logs, sanitation logs, census activity sheets, etc. are complete and available to inspectors or site visitors. Performs animal census management duties and enters data and transactions into animal facility management database. Writes, revises and reviews Standard Operating Procedures.

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Conducts facility orientations and facilitates training programs for personnel. Performs services and provides resources and assistance to animal facility users and staff.

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Performs others duties as assigned.

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Posted: 3/30/2021
Application Due: 5/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time