Rodent Models Breeding Core Technician II

 
  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Nov 22, 2022
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Transgenic Model Core Tchn II

Job Description:

As an RMBC colony manager will create a weekly technical list to be performed or to be delegated to another technician. Performs all duties of Transgenic Breeding Technician 1. Fully responsible for all phases of working with and managing rodent transgenic colonies for Investigators and their staff. Responsible for the colony management of 50-100 different strains of mice for about 10-20 different labs Creates and adjusts mouse colony sizes and genetics as needed to ensure research labs get their mouse models on time to complete their work and grant proposals. Verifies Accuracy of genotyping results from labs, recognizes errors, and immediately brings them to the attention of the Research Lab and Rodent Model Core Supervisor or Manager. Routinely interacts with Research Lab staff and Investigators to ensure accuracy, efficiency, and mouse model needs via email, phone, and in person meetings. Forecasts timelines based on the Investigators needs and when they can expect to have their experimental models ready for experiments. Responsible for creating correct mating schemes based on Punnett Squares to a variety of transgenic rodent colonies to ensure legitimacy of Investigators Experimental work. Duties include weaning, breeding animals using a variety of different mating schemes, shipping, and weighing animals. Other duties are rodent restraint, tail biopsies, ear notching, ear tagging, tattooing, collecting biological samples, injections, preparing special diets and medications, filling out various paperwork for above mentioned, fostering litters, updating and balancing the mouse database, observing animals for signs of illness or injury, and other duties as assigned. They will also house incoming animals, pack outgoing animals, create and maintain needed sterile surgical and technical equipment packs among other tasks

Houses and exchanges animals in a systematic manner, which maintains identity and prevents mislabeling of research animals. Must carefully observe and understand animal behavior, which is colony specific and report any deviations or phenotypes to the Investigator. Routinely meets with Rodent Breeding Colony Supervisors or Managers to discuss/review assigned strains of rodents. Emphasis placed on maintaining genetic background or genetic lineage, adequate separation, disease control, and animal identity. Aseptic procedures used as required. Maintains Rodent Breeding Core Database. Reconcile the online colony census with live room census. Create Cage Cards for breeding cages, weaning cages, incoming orders and outgoing shipments. Sanitizes surgical and technical equipment, creates packs and ensures sterilization. Ensures the sterile packs in rooms are in date and replaces as needed.

If needed will assist other team members with their duties such as tail biopsy, breeding animals using a variety of different mating schemes, shipping, weighing animals, ear notching, ear tagging, tattooing, collecting blood and urine samples, injections, and preparing special diets and medications. May also assist other teams in facility as needed.

Required to keep up to date on required training and SOP’s in Policy Manger and input their time worked using facility computers or assigned equipment during normal working hours. Ensure that leave requests, overtime, and weekend requests are submitted timely to area supervisor/manager via Time Clock Plus.

Other duties as assigned.

Expected Salary:

$19.44 per hour

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent and one year of appropriate experience; or certification as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician or above by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Appropriate college course work or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.
Preferred Qualifications:

Prefer HS degree or higher with at least 3 years’ experience with research animal care at a research institution or other appropriate environment. AALAS LAT certification or higher at time of hire.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

A criminal background check is required.

In order to be considered, applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references.

This is not a remote work position, and it is located on the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville, FL.

This is a time-limited position.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: Yes