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Animal Technician
Ref No.: 18-11833
Location: Andover, Massachusetts
Job Title: Animal Technician/Life Sciences Technician
Location: Andover, MA 01810
Duration: 12 Months


Life Sciences Technician
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform daily animal care for mice and rats. Occasional weekends and holidays required.
  • Perform cage changing and monitoring of food and water and general health monitoring
  • Receive incoming animals and house accordingly
  • Maintain inventory of supplies, such as food, bedding, PPE, other general supplies
  • Sanitize housing and procedure rooms, and maintain facility in good condition
  • Operate cage washer and autoclave; process supplies through clean/dirty cage washroom
  • Perform euthanasia of rodents,
  • Follow SOPs and established procedures, maintaining compliance with animal care policies and USDA/AAALAC requirements

Job Qualifications
  • High school diploma, plus 1-3 years of experience with small animal handling; ALAT certification desired, or willingness to study toward certification, experience with marmosets desired but not required.
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays as needed
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining communication with supervisor.
  • Detail oriented, with good organizational and communication skills.
  • Familiar with USDA and AAALAC guidelines and requirements
  • Professional attitude; ability to work well with researchers and other technical staff.
  • Ability to lift, pull and push 50 lbs.
  • This can be an entry level position, so not many must haves. Detail oriented, organized, ability to lift, pull, push 50lbs

Good to haves:
  • Experience with husbandry in mice and rats (1+ years), familiarity with animal facility operations and regulations, ALAT certification, experience in the operation of wash room/sterilization equipment.

Working Conditions
Work is primarily performed in office and animal facility settings. Due to the nature of the position, there is possible exposure to hazardous waste; chemical hazards, including explosives, corrosives, and carcinogens; radioactive and biohazardous materials