Human Resources

Vivarium Manager/Animal Care Specialist

Department

Academic Affairs

Overview

The Vivarium Manager/Animal Care Specialist will manage the day-to-day operation of our 1000 square foot state-of-the-art Animal Facility, maintain the health and well-being of the animals in the facility, and work with the IACUC to ensure that Ursinus is in compliance with all federal guidelines. Our animal facility currently houses several hundred mice, approximately 50 amphibians, and will add a zebrafish colony when we have sufficient staffing. The Animal Facility serves students and faculty in the Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology and Health and Exercise Physiology departments.

Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with all federal guidelines for animal care and make certain that these guidelines are followed
  • Serve as the administrator for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and is responsible for all IACUC recording-keeping
  • Help faculty prepare animal care protocol applications to the Animal Care and Use Committee yearly
  • Oversees the care of all vertebrate and invertebrate research organisms and the 1000 square foot state-of-the-art vivarium that houses the research animals
  • Order food, bedding, aquaria, cages or other housing for vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Perform routine animal care activities such as ensuring food and water availability and changing bedding of animals, cleaning animal cages
  • Check the health of animals and ensure proper husbandry and sanitation
  • Receive and place new animals in cages and keep a colony log
  • Perform general maintenance and annual cleaning of the animal rack system and other vivarium equipment including cage-washer
  • Maintain the zebrafish aquaria and amphibian habitats
  • Maintain all records: animal feeding and watering schedules and who is responsible for feeding and watering, special diets and amounts, order numbers for all materials such as bedding, foods, cages, and cleaning supplies
  • Maintain a log of animal room temperature, humidity, and operational status of the air filtering system
  • Make certain that light, temperature, water quality, and other experimental regimes are maintained (instructions to be provided by research faculty)
  • Coordinates all biohazard waste disposal
  • Train and supervisor student researchers and student assistants
  • Oversee and participate in animal care over summer, fall, winter, and spring breaks

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Associate degree preferred
  • Research animal experience preferred
  • Prior experience with animal care and handling is required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Application

Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.

Ursinus is an AA/EO employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.