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Faculty Merit Postdoctoral Professional & Scientific Research Temporary Internal


Requisition # 021247

Merit Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM on the advertising end date.

Position Basics

Position Type:Service
Job Type:Regular
Initial Advertising Ends on:Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Organization:VP Research
Department:Office of Animal Resources
Sub Department:PBDB Non-barrier
Building:Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB)


Monthly Salary:$2,550
Annual Salary:$30,597
Pay Grade:04

Work Schedule

Part/Full TimeFull Time Position
Hours:7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Work Week:Regular
Days Off: Fri,Sat
Details: Position works Sunday - Thursday with Friday and Saturday off.
Additional Hours:Position will have occasional mandatory overtime and works a rotating holiday schedule. Position may rotate to other facilities within OAR to fill in for absent staff.

Job Details

Background Check:Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
Additional Information:Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Risk
Desired Qualifications:Desire previous animal caretaking experience in laboratory research environment, veterinary office, or animal hospital. Desire previous experience using cleaning/sanitation equipment. Desire an application that is thorough including a complete work history listing specific duties and care performed. Have the ability to communicate effectively with others and to follow oral and written instructions. Be detail oriented.
Duties:1. Feeds and waters animals including the mixing and preparing of feed for standard or special diets. Weighs animals, keeping records on weights of feed and animal in coordination with the feeding program. Grooms, handles, and restrains animals.

2. Checks newly purchased animals for conformance to order specifications.

3. Cleans and disinfects animal enclosures, isolation rooms, buildings, and equipment, adhering to established policies for maintaining pathogen free environments and containment of animals exposed to infectious diseases.

4. Operates mechanical equipment, such as autoclaves, ventilated racks, and cage washers. Checks for and reports failures in heating and ventilation systems to supervisor.

5. Observes animals for signs of phenotype, illness, injury, or stress. Reports observations to supervisor.

6. Assists in routine veterinary treatments or restraint of animals for experimental purposes.

7. Maintains and performs minor repairs to animal equipment, enclosures, and animal facility. Reports major building repairs or malfunctions to facility supervisor.

8. Transports animals, equipment, and supplies using carts or motorized vehicles.

9. In animal facility, may use ventilated racks and biological safety cabinets for isolation and containment activities. Under direction of properly trained personnel, may euthanize animals in accordance to standard procedures.

10. Under direction of principal investigator and with adequate training may be responsible for maintaining breeding colonies.

11. Maintains the following records: feed, animal inventory numbers, veterinary treatment, animal health status observations, animal room environment observations and other record keeping duties as assigned.


1. Ability to read, write, and follow directions.

2. Possession of a valid state or commercial driver’s license, as required.

Before applying for the ANIMAL CARETAKER I position, please read the Minimum Qualifications

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