Research Animal Husbandry Technician

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac;, a research institute at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, is seeking a Research Animal Husbandry Technician within our clinical research group. The candidate will work with a variety of animal species including farm animals, poultry and small laboratory animals (rodents, rabbits, ferrets) in Biosafety Containment Levels 2 and 3. The clinical research group works closely with VIDO-InterVac Scientists to help understand infectious diseases of humans and animals and to develop effective strategies for improving human and animal health.
VIDO-InterVac is a preeminent research institute with its primary focus on infectious disease research and vaccine development against both human and animal pathogens. VIDO-InterVac currently has over 150 personnel and state-of-the art facilities including the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), one of the most advanced containment level 3 facilities in the world.
The successful candidate must have excellent communication and organizational skills, and meticulous attention to detail, and will be expected to work in a team-based research environment. The candidate must be willing to undertake additional job-specific training.

• Perform blood and tissue sampling in a wide variety of species
• Give injections to and perform technical procedures on a wide variety of animal species, according to experimental design
• Observe and report clinical signs in a variety of animal species
• Perform humane euthanasia where necessary
• Communicate effectively with a variety of colleagues in a timely manner
• Schedule animal trials and keep accurate, detailed records
• Safely perform duties in CL3 facilities (animal handling, feeding, cleaning and other procedures wearing appropriate personal protective equipment)
• Clean, feed and humanely handle farm and laboratory animals according to guidelines set by the Canadian Council on Animal Care
• Set-up, maintain and repair indoor and outdoor pens, feeders, waterers
• Pressure wash and disinfect animal rooms and equipment
• Other duties as assigned

• Preference will be given to a Veterinary or Animal Health Technologist or applicants with a Diploma or Degree in Animal Science. Applicants with equivalent experience with farm and/or laboratory animals may be considered.
• Must have animal handling and husbandry experience
• Must have a valid Saskatchewan Driver’s license
• Must have basic computer skills
• Must be able to perform heavy manual labour
• Must be able to work in a team environment
• Must be able to understand the importance of, and follow, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
• Must be able to work weekends (rotating schedule)
• Knowledge of anesthesia and aseptic surgical technique is desirable
• Previous research experience would be considered an asset

Candidates are asked to submit their applications with names of three references (in one file) via email to by Nov 30, 2017. Inquiries regarding this job posting can be submitted to Raf Jamil, Associate Director Human Resources at

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal, background and reliability security screening assessment as a condition of employment.

Note: The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practices. The University welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

(Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted)
  Canada   Saskatchewan   Saskatoon

Company Name: VIDO-InterVac, University of Saskatchewan
Active from 10/12/2017 to 11/30/2017



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