Rush University Medical Center  Animal Care Technician 1, Rush Comparative Research in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Animal Care Technician 1, Rush Comparative Research

Department: Comparative Research

Shift: 1st

Full/Part: Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)

Specialty: Research

Job Number: 2018-2983

Job Description:

The Rush Comparative Research Department is looking for a full time, Animal Care Technician 1

Position Highlights:

Animal Care Technician is under administrative direction of the Animal Husbandry Supervisor and Associate Director of Operations of the Comparative Research Center, directly performs the daily animal husbandry and facility maintenance related functions of the Rush University Medical Center Comparative Research Center and its associated satellite animal use facilities.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible in the daily observation and reporting on animal health and mortalities according to SOP’s. Properly handle all assigned laboratory species for cleaning, identification, manipulation and/or treatment. Responsible for providing proper collection

  • Responsible for housing animals according to standard operating procedures under general supervision. Move, storing and rotate supplies as required. Maintain inventories of animals and supplies.

  • Maintain assigned rooms in sanitary conditions according to standard operating procedures. Provide proper disposal of garbage according to standard operating procedures. Responsible for reporting of any unusual occurrences regarding the general maintenance of the facility (e.g. temperature/humidity fluctuations, drainage problems, etc.). Perform daily and periodic sanitization schedules for animal rooms and all necessary equipment. Properly use and effectively apply various cleaning and disinfectant agents used in the facility

  • Operate and maintain all equipment (e.g. autoclave, tunnel washer, high pressure power hose, etc.) according to standard operating procedures to provide proper sanitation and/or sterilization. Report any malfunctions or irregularities of all equipment to the supervisor. Perform normal physical plant and facility equipment systems maintenance procedures.

  • Read all educational materials related to the care and use of laboratory animals as directed by the Director, Associate Director of Operations and Animal Husbandry Supervisor. Read and understand all operating policies of Rush and the Comparative Research Center. Obtain membership in Chicago Branch AALAS and attend no less than 1 meeting per year. Seek advancement in the field of laboratory animal science through participation in AALAS recognized training program. Participate in institutional training programs as directed.

Position Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge and interest in laboratory animals; American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certified at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) or ALAT certification eligible is preferred.

  • Basic understanding of: a working understanding of animal physiology and behavior

  • Working understanding of animal husbandry and care procedures.

  • Working understanding of physical plant and facility equipment systems.

  • Basic knowledge of regulatory requirements and animal program issues

  • High School Diploma required. Some college level education preferred.

  • Self- starter, ability to work independent of direct over-site.

  • Ability to work as a team member.

Company Highlights:

  • Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center is an outstanding place to enhance your career. Everything we do centers on one goal: improving patient care.

  • Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 664 licensed beds

  • Rush offers a competitive salary, valuable healthy living benefits to include: health, dental and vision to help you maintain and improve your health. Rush also offers several ways to invest in your future. Whether you’re saving for retirement or a child’s education, Rush offers benefits to help you make the most of your money…now and in the future.

  • As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. Investigators at Rush are involved in more than 1,600 projects, including hundreds of clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.