University of Florida Gainesville, FL, USA

June 2, 2015 - University
of Florida Gainesville, FL, USA
Laboratory Animal Technician, Infectious Disease Section
This position requires the ability to perform specialized procedures in the areas of bio-containment,
biosecurity and animal husbandry in various high level containment sections of Animal Care Services (ACS).
This position requires that you work closely with other dedicated area technicians, the facility
supervisor/manager, clinical veterinarian, clinical diagnostic lab, research investigators and research
investigator staff. Under strict guidelines from USDA and /or CDC, UF EH&S and ACS SOP's the person in
this position performs specialized husbandry procedures, will acquire and maintain qualifications to work
with ABSL2 and ABSL3 designated protocols, performs technical support for all levels of containment,
effectively and professionally communicates. This position is responsible for carrying out the Animal Care
Services' (ACS) directives and SOPs as governed by the Animal Welfare Act and all applicable rules and
regulations. This includes housing animals, cleaning cages, feeding, watering, weighing animals, restraining
animals, and observes animals for signs of illness or injury. Uses aseptic procedures to minimize
contamination as required. Some animals may be experimentally infected with indigenous or exotic agents
that present a potential for aerosol transmission as well as agents causing serious or potentially lethal
disease. You will be required to be vaccinated to work with these animals as many agents are zoonotic.
Employee will be registered with the CDC or APHIS for access to select agents. Personnel will be following
strict guidelines under the National Select Agent Program (NSAP). Individual must be able to clear DOJ/FBI
background checks. This individual will be a part of the ACS and UF/EH&S Biosafety security and incident
response plans. Ensures housing and environmental compliance with the "NIH Guide for the Care and Use of
Laboratory Animals". May collect specimens for clinical analysis. Maintains detailed records for animal census
and disposal of carcasses, autoclave usage logs, digester log and sterilization validation of autoclaves and
VHP using various biological indicators. Performs other routine/non routine duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
A high school diploma 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.
Requires successful completion of criminal background checks and health assessment, and AALAS LAT certification at time of hire or within 18 months of hire.
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.
Interested applicants may submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references at