Transgenic Model Core Technician II
Level II adds more technical duties and responsibilities for the maintenance of breeding colonies of rodents, including handling rodents and maintaining records on computer databases. This job requires routine and non-routine procedures as requested by various authorities including the immediate supervisor, manager, veterinarians, research investigators, or experimental protocol. The work is performed under direct supervision. 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. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to their supervisor, manager, or their designee. Uses aseptic procedures to minimize contamination as required. Ensures housing and environmental compliance with the “NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”.
Examples of Work
Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.
- Performs duties of Transgenic Breeding Technician I.
- Performs duties from a weekly technical work list prepared by Level III Technicians.
- Performs and prepares tail biopsies for Research Investigators.
- Mates mice and rats using a variety of different mating schemes to ensure proper mouse models for Research Investigators.
- Ships mice to other locations on and off campus for Research Investigators.
- Uses various techniques for animal identification such as ear notch, ear tag, and tattoo.
- Maintains detailed animal records.
- Collects blood and Urine Samples as requested by the Investigator.
- Prepares special diets and medications as requested by the Investigator.
- Secondary duties may include Assisting Level III Technicians with Rodent Colony Management, attending meetings with Investigators and research staff, finding any possible errors on their works lists and bringing it to the attention of the level 3 coordinator, working and understanding Punnett Squares, and other more technical or managerial work as designated by Level III Technicians as well as area managers.
Education and Experience
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.
Licensure and Certification
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