Research Animal Technician- Rotating
Campus Animal Facilities, Office of Research
Temporary full-time from August 1, 2018 to August 1, 2019
Temporary absence of the regular incumbent
Hiring #: 2018-0293
Reporting to the Manager Campus Animal Facilities, the incumbent will be capable of rotating through all the Research Animal Technician positions in the Campus Animal Facilities and in this capacity will be accountable for a variety of duties which include serving on a team of client-focused, highly skilled laboratory animal specialists providing technical support and animal care in a research environment including providing the mandatory training in the care and use of rodents as research models. The incumbent will provide veterinary technical and animal care support to research endeavors including the maintenance of breeding colonies of genetically modified mice. In support of the Manager of Campus Animal Facilities the incumbent will be responsible for project coordination involving the planning, organizing, securing and managing of resources to support the research needs in the campus animal facilities and bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. These projects include participating in grant proposal writing for equipment and will have varying scope, length, complexity and budget. The incumbent will liaison with internal and external stakeholders and will be required to have excellent interpersonal skills, keen judgement and exceptional attention to detail. This position liaises and provides advice to researchers regarding their project-specific needs for technical support such as gavage, blood sample collection and various injections, endpoint and humane intervention assessments, surgery, anesthesia, and euthanasia including postmortem tissue collection and preservation. The incumbent provides advice and guidance to faculty, graduate and undergraduate student researchers on genetically modified mouse breeding strategies. The incumbent will provide mentorship in the care, handling and restraint techniques specific to laboratory animals to new staff, graduate and undergraduate students and will be responsible for supervising part time employees. Must be detail oriented for maintaining medical records. This position is also responsible for providing some mechanical assistance and maintaining the animal rooms in hygienic manner. The incumbent will work in the Campus Animal Facilities including the CL2Ag animal housing facility, providing animal care, teaching and technical support.
Requirements of this position include: Bachelor of Science (BSc), preferably a MSc and Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) plus extensive related research experience, with a preference given to those candidates who are Registered Master Laboratory Animal Technicians. Valid driver’s license. Additional requirements include: in-depth knowledge of the guidelines and legislation relevant to working with laboratory animals; knowledgeable about the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines, and the Ontario Health and Safety Act and its application in the workplace; knowledge and ability to handle hazardous chemicals and biohazardous material; mechanical aptitude; proficient computer skills; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills; ability to think analytically and creatively; must be flexible, client-focused, have initiative, and enjoy working independently as well as being a great team worker; must have the ability to plan and organize independently.
The incumbent may be asked to provide essential animal care during shut down due to inclement weather. Some weekend or shift work may be required. 37.5 hours per week. This position involves exposure to odours, allergens, noise, dust, frequent lifting, restraint of large animals and a diverse range of motions. Protective rabies titre required.
Covering Position Number 095-031
Classification USW, Local 4120 Salary Band 6
Normal Hiring Range $26.78 - $29.92 per hour
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Active from 6/11/2018 to 6/19/2018
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