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University of Utah Animal Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/30/2018

Requisition Number PRN18778B

Job Title Animal Technician

Working Title Animal Technician

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Friday with occasional weekends as needed by the lab.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01337 - Molecular Medicine Program

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

We are seeking a qualified animal technician to join our team researching the biology and genetics of blood cells, especially platelets and neutrophils. The successful applicant will be required to manage several small to large colonies of genetically modified mice. Extensive experience with mouse colony management required. This includes breeding, identification (ear punch), record-keeping, and genotyping. The applicant may also supervise students in these responsibilities.


Assists in setting up quarantined and biocontainment environments or facilities. Performs animal husbandry activities including observing, feeding, watering, sanitizing, handling animals and monitoring care areas consistent with State, Federal and University regulations. Maintains and records animal care and animal room information. Communicates animal conditions to appropriate staff. Trains entry level staff. Administrates medication to animals and collects biological samples to calculate doses and perform diagnostic techniques under the direction of the veterinarian. Performs routine animal physical examinations. Prepares animal for surgery including performing local and general anesthesia for routine care procedures. Provides post-operative care. Performs animal identification techniques such as tattoo, ear punch, avid chip and tags. Records food, medication, supply and equipment distribution and ensures inventory is rotated. Recommends purchases to immediate supervisor. Performs animal euthanasia as directed. May be responsible for specialized areas of laboratory animal care including maintenance and care of transgenic colonies, necropsy and special diagnostic procedures. May coordinate the acquisition, processing, transportation and final disposition of research animals. May assist Principal Investigators in their specific research needs.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of laboratory animal experience and Laboratory Animal ( LAT ) certification from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science ( AALAS ) within three months of hire required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Bachelor’s degree in Science with LAT certification preferred. Specialized training in necropsy, genetic colonies and diagnostic procedures; and the ability to move up to 50 pounds may be required in some areas.


The applicant should be able to perform blood draws and injections, prepare animals for surgery, and provide post-operative care. Ability to perform intravenous injections preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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