As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years. The Washington National Primate Center has an outstanding opportunity for an Animal Technician 3 with a swing shift. The primary purpose of this position is to provide the appropriate environment to support outstanding biomedical research directed towards significant human health issues and nonhuman primate health and biology. In conjunction with our Mission Statement, these values link this position to our purpose as a Center:*Commitment to Research*Teamwork*Accountability - Productivity*CommunicationUnder the general supervision of an Animal Technician (AT) Supervisor, the AT3 (Swing Shift) provides husbandry, research and clinical support for the I and RR Wing Primate Center facilities. This position is critical to the success of the WaNPRC as it ensures that our nonhuman primates (NHPs) are cared for in compliance with USDA laws, NIH guidelines, PHS policy, IACUC policies, University of Washington (UW) departmental rules and regulations, and WaNPRC's standard operating procedures (SOPs). The AT3 Swing Shift position works independently to support both the colony, clinical and the research groups by maintaining the research facility in a state of compliance with existing policies and procedures. This includes maintaining Specific Pathogen Free status of animals with different health status, after-hours monitoring of animals for both clinical and research groups, administration of medications and collecting samples.RESPONSIBILITIESMaintenance and Sanitation of Animal research areas*Maintain animal research space in accordance with established SOPs and policies. This includes ABSL-2 lab and support spaces (e.g. testing booths, procedure spaces and rooms, surgical support spaces, etc).*Perform cleaning and sanitation of research equipment (e.g. testing chairs, restraint devices, tether equipment, etc) *Maintain supplies in assigned spaces (e.g. disinfectants and PPE supplies).*Perform microbiological testing of animal facility areas and equipment to verify sanitization practices are effective.*Provide husbandry care to the animals as needed.Research/ Clinical Support*Prepare and administer oral and injectable medications as needed.*Comply with procedure requests as directed by veterinary or research staff.*Provide after-hours support for Primate Center needs. (e.g. escort vendors, monitor animals or environmental systems, prepare for and receive off hours animal shipments, etc...).*Maintain sanitization, disinfection and monitoring records in assigned areas.*Monitor critical animals as directed by Research or Veterinary staff and report abnormalities as appropriate.*Recognize and report common signs of clinical illness, variations in eating habits, abnormal stool and urine deposits, unusual behavior, other changes and abnormalities, and death to veterinary staff and/or area supervisor daily, immediately to veterinary staff if the animal is in distress. *Perform basic sample and data collection meeting clinical or protocol requirements (blood samples, observations, swabs, etc...).Other Assignments*Perform as a member of the capture team. *Supervise ATs as required.*Perform the duties required of Essential Personnel members in the event of an emergency.*Stay current on all required training.*Perform other duties as assigned.*Serve as member of the animal capture team. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: *Two years of experience as an Animal Technician 2 or equivalent; OR eighteen months of experience as an Animal Technician 2 or equivalent and satisfactory completion of an applicable advanced technician training course comparable to the program required for certification as an animal technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science; OR eighteen months of experience as an Animal Technician 2 or equivalent and two years of college with course work in animal or life science.ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: *Physical ability to do required work including lifting up to 50 lbs. *Ability to communicate effectively (speaks, reads and writes in English). *Ability to work well independently and in teams. *Detail oriented in record keeping. *Ability to follow directions. DESIRED:*Basic knowledge of USDA regulations, NIH guidelines, PHS policy and familiarity with IACUC function.*Basic knowledge of sanitation techniques, including steam and chemical sterilization, and appropriate use of disinfectants and detergents. *Basic knowledge of NHP health and behavior. *AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification.*Ability to communicate effectively in English in both written and oral formats.*Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaborate effectively with a diverse staff.*Experience leading teams.*Proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite of software. Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.Conditions of Employment:Adhere to the WaNPRC Environmental Enhancement Plan requirements for NHPs. *Participate in the Behavioral Management and Positive Reinforcement Animal Training Programs.*Develop a working knowledge of classical and operant conditioning principles and how they apply to handling animals in a research environment, with positive reinforcement as the preferred form of training.*Develop a working knowledge of non-human primate behavior. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of health assessment at the UW's Employee Health Clinic. The health assessment may include but is not limited to tuberculosis and measles clearance, immunizations such as tetanus and vaccinia, physical exam and/or review of work health history, x-rays, and/or assessment to wear positive or negative respiratory protective equipment. These health assessments will be repeated periodically during work assignment.This position may be required to work with and take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing. Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures, and staying current on all required training. Bloodborne pathogen training and compliance with all WaNPRC and UW security policies is also mandatory. This position involves handling nonhuman primates and human pathogenic organisms. The ability to work in an ABSL-3 containment facility may be required. Punctuality, Regular & Predictable attendance is an essential job function of this position.This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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