Duties and Responsibilities:
Under direction of Animal Care Supervisor, this position is responsible for the daily care and husbandry of zebrafish in a research environment in accordance with all applicable laws and regulatory guidelines. Technician will maintain health and well being of laboratory zebrafish by providing a stable, sanitized environment with quality food and water and husbandry practices. Specific responsibilities include; perform and record daily animal health observations, communicate any adverse findings to the manager, and complete required documentation. Technician will maintain clean, orderly and sanitized work areas - identifying any problems and notifying aquatics facility manager, perform daily room checks for environmental conditions (temperature, salinity, lighting, pH), perform and record all water chemistry testing, and complete required area documentation. This position will operate equipment including glass washer, pure water salt dosatron, and integrated electronic water quality monitoring systems; observing standard operating procedures and safety guidelines. Technician will monitor equipment for proper operation and complete appropriate documentation. Additionally, technician will oversee invertebrate cultures for feeding larval fish, monitor supplies and communicate supply needs to manager in timely manner. Under supervision, technician may assist in fish facility/room training. Some holiday and weekend coverage will be required.
High School diploma (or equivalent) is required. BA/BAS or College background in Biology is strongly preferred as is one year of animal (ideally zebrafish) care/husbandry work experience.
Must be Assistant Laboratory Animal (ALAT) certified or obtain ALAT certification within 6 months of hiring date. Clear understanding and knowledge of the methods, materials, and equipment used in animal care and research laboratory activities. The job responsibilities require the analytical skills to gather and interpret data in situations in which the information or problems are relatively routine. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with veterinarians and research staff and to function independently as well as a team member in a team setting are essential. The successful candidate must be a highly motivated responsible individual with strong organizational skills.
Training on the new departmental state-of-the art aquatics facility will be offered, and the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate commitment to the position and willingness to progressively engage in training opportunities.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. To be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter. This is a grant funded position, and ongoing support for it is contingent on funding.
To apply please visit http://employment.harvard.edu/ and use Auto req ID 26584BR