Laboratory Animal Technician- Gnotobiotics

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Research Technician - Journey

Working Title:

Laboratory Animal Technician- Gnotobiotics

Position Number:

00059449, 00031222

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Permanent

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Overtime, weekends, & holidays occasionally.

Department Name and Number:

Comparative Medicine-621500

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Laboratory Management and Services

Department Description:

The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) — formerly the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) — is responsible for the care of all vertebrate animals on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) campus. DCM is committed to programs of excellence in veterinary care and laboratory animal management practices for all species used in UNC-CH research endeavors.

A staff of more than 170 professional, technical, and administrative personnel provides quality animal care to a daily population of over 200,000 animals located in 26 animal facilities on and off the UNC campus. Federal funding and foundations sponsor over $900 million in research on the UNC campus conducted by the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, as well as the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.

A major responsibility of the Division’s veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and laboratory technicians is the health care and humane use of all animals. The Division’s program is reviewed semi-annually by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1973. DCM and the University also meet U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Public Health Service standards and regulations. As laboratory animal specialists they provide a comprehensive program of veterinary care, offer technical advice and assistance, and provide needed laboratory and research core services for teaching and research purposes

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:


The Laboratory Animal Technician is responsible for the daily care of research animals, including cage cleaning and sanitation, animal observation, handling and restraint, treatments, investigator support/communication, and facility maintenance. This position will work in the Gnotobiotics Core and will perform the following specialized techniques: selecting and setting up breeders, weaning mice, gavage, IP injections, and ear punch.

Emergency duties required during adverse weather and/or other emergency situations. Weekend and holiday work required occasionally on a rotating basis.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

• Must be able to achieve AALAS certification at the ALAT level within the first year in this position.
• Qualified applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work well with others.
• Requires a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate.

Preferred Qualifications:

• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Animal technician training.
• Experience in a laboratory animal setting.
• Working knowledge of breeding, weaning, and record-keeping.
• Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the ALAT level or higher strongly preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

Must be able to achieve AALAS certification at the ALAT level within the first year in this position.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements:

• Ability to move/lift 50 pounds with or without accommodation.
• Requires prolonged and/or repetitive reaching, bending, and twisting.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

Position Attributes:

Severe Weather Essential; Communicable Disease Mandatory

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Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 5/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time