Under direction of Aquatic Facility Manager, 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. This is a grant funded position, and ongoing support for it is contingent on funding.
AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification within six months of hire AND at least six months experience in animal care or equivalent.
BA/BS or College background in Biology is strongly preferred as is one year of animal (ideally zebrafish) care/husbandry work experience. The job responsibilities require the analytical skills to gather and interpret data in situations in which the information or problems are relatively routine. The successful candidate must be a highly motivated, responsible individual with strong organizational skills.
This is a two year position with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and the availability of continued funding.