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Colorado State University Research Associate Animal Technician - Open Pool in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Research Associate Animal Technician - Open Pool

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202000539AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week

Proposed Annual Salary Range 32,500-46,000

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/01/2021

Description of Work Unit

The mission of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) is to use our expertise to provide the highest standard of care for laboratory animals in support of the Colorado State University research community. These positions fulfill a vital role in the administration of LAR to carry out this mission. CSU LAR manages over 48,000 ft. of AAALAC accredited research animal facilities on three campuses, including Main Campus, South Campus, and Foothills Campus. Research and teaching activities supported by LAR include infectious disease research, including ABSL work using select agents, cancer biology, hibernation, nutrition, and metabolism studies, orthopedic research, therapeutics, toxicology and teaching activities to support a diverse program of learning. LAR exists to provide state of the art care and support for the animal models component of these studies.

Position Summary

Research Associate Animal Technician positions are available throughout the year in Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at Colorado State University. These positions are full-time, 12 month administrative professional positions that will be integral to facilitating research activities at CSU that utilize animal models.

This position provides routine and specialized care for a variety of laboratory animal species. Animal welfare and assessments, animal husbandry and room and cage sanitation are the primary job duties for this position. Additional duties include record keeping and communication tasks as well as research support.

Animal husbandry work is physical, and entails standing, bending, lifting, and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions. Staff work in various environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity and dusty surroundings. Some of the research at CSU involves infectious diseases. We ensure biosecurity and the safety of our staff by requiring personal protective equipment (such as respirators and Tyvek suits), tuberculosis testing, vaccinations and showering. CSU has a large variety of animal species, and applicants must be willing and able to work with all types of animals. Staff are expected to work safely, and adhere to all safety instructions and rules at all times.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of relevant, vertebrate animal experience, or an Associate’s degree with 2 or more years of relevant, vertebrate animal experience.

  • 6+ months of professional or volunteer experience performing vertebrate animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, and sanitation).

  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Experience working with a variety of animal species.

  • Experience working in a research setting, biomedical research preferred.

  • ALAS certification (ALAT, LAT or LATg).

  • Experience or training related to ABSL2 and ABSL3 biocontainment.

  • Experience performing animal welfare assessment and monitoring environmental conditions.

  • 1+ year’s professional or volunteer experience performing vertebrate animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, sanitation, etc.) with multiple animal species.

  • Experience following SOP’s, protocols or other procedural guidelines.

  • Experience with generating and maintain records such as medical, inventory, maintenance logs, etc.

  • A degree in a related field such as animal sciences, veterinary technology, zoology, etc.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities.

Essential Duties

Special Instructions to Applicants

This is an open pool posting and applicants will be contacted when a position becomes available.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, which addresses how professional experiences align with identified competencies of the position, a current resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

A $1,500 moving allowance may be negotiated at the time of hire.

This open pool is valid through January 1, 2021. Applicants wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Stacie L Magruder,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523, (970) 491-1715.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * This position requires working in varying environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity, and dusty surroundings. Are you willing and able to work under these conditions?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * The normal schedule for this position is Monday - Friday. However, weekend and holiday shifts are required on a rotating basis. Are you willing and able to work this schedule when necessary?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * This position requires physical work including standing all day, bending, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions. Are you willing and able to work under these conditions?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * We have animals on three different campuses and at times have to drive to multiple campuses in a single shift. Do you have reliable transportation so that you can meet this requirement?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * To be in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and the Policy on Humane Care of Laboratory Animals, this position is considered "essential personnel" meaning that employees are expected to report to work even in the event of a snow closure. Are you willing and able to meet this requirement?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * To meet the Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories Guidelines, this position will require showering, sometime multiple times in one shift. Are you willing to meet this job requirement?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * To meet the recommendations of the Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals, this position requires a Tuberculosis test once a year and vaccines are required as needed. Please affirm your knowledge that this is a condition of employment.

  • Yes, I affirm.

  • * Some infectious disease research requires us to wear personal protective equipment including respirators (N-95 and PAPR), and hazmat (Tyvek) type suites. Are you willing to work with biohazards and wear this type of equipment while working?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * We work with a large variety of animals including rodents, livestock, dogs, cats, bats, snakes, marmots, deer, and others. Are you willing and able to work with every animal species that you encounter?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

Optional Documents