Rodent Animal Care Supervisor

The successful candidate will coordinate the activities of assigned animal caretakers and technicians to ensure maintenance of high standards in animal care in those facilities specified. The major responsibility of this position is to supervise two or more employees in the care and use of laboratory animals, their housing and associated facilities. Will also be expected to assume animal caretaker duties as needed.
Role and Responsibilities:
Supervision:
• Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and respond to fluctuating workloads.
• Serve as the point person for the Rodent Care Program initiatives and animal care activities.
• Monitor field work to ensure that it is being performed properly and that resources are being used in an appropriate manner.
• Assures that animal care staff follow and comply with standards of veterinary care and properly execute IACUC approved research activities.
• Support ABSL3 rodent activities outside the unit (autoclave removal, sanitation, and bedding).
• Point of contact for PI matters and support for required procedures.
• Confer with supervisors and other SNPRC personnel to exchange information and to resolve problems.
• Participate in the hiring process by reviewing credentials, conducting interviews, or making hiring decisions or recommendations.
• Assess training needs of staff and arrange for or provide appropriate instruction.
• Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, and disciplinary measures.
• Resolve personnel problems, complaints, and formal grievances when possible, or refer them to higher-level supervisors for resolution.
• Counsel employees in work-related activities, personal growth, and career development.
• Conduct daily staff meetings to relay general information or to address specific topics, such as safety. Ensure there is adequate communication between staff and you as the supervisor.
• Review work throughout the work process and at completion, ensure that it has been performed properly.
Non-Supervisory:
• Maintain all relevant records regarding the animals to include both hard files and computer programs.
• Maintain appropriate levels of drugs and medical supplies.
• Order feed, supplies, caging, bedding and cage racks when needed.
• Observe and treat laboratory animals as required by veterinary directors.
• Manage the Procurement and receipt of animals.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:
Required: High school diploma or general equivalency diploma. AALAS Certification at the LATg level or licensed veterinary technician (LVT) required. Requires five or more years of job specific experience required. Must be familiar with animals housed in social groups. Preferred: bachelor’s degree.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS:
Work involves strenuous physical activities of various kinds with continuous exposure to hazardous substances, potentially dangerous situations, unpleasant work conditions such as exposure to unpleasant odors or adverse weather conditions. May work with infectious agents such as herpes B virus, SIV, HIV, STLV, Vaccinia, Tuberculosis, and Shigella. May work with radioactive materials, toxic chemicals, caustic and acid cleaning and sterilizing compounds. Potential exists for animal bites and animal scratches. Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases. This position may require participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program to include hepatitis B or other inoculations. Physical demands may include strenuous physical activity including prolonged standing and/or walking, handling moderate weight objects and/or using or carrying equipment. Exposure to adverse weather conditions or temperature extremes. Must have valid driver’s license and meet Texas Biomed driving standards. Must be able to wear an air purifying respirator in a proper manner and if necessary, pass a respirator fitness test. Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

OTHER: This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. Texas Biomed business hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional weekend work, holidays and overtime will be required. Texas Biomedical is committed to a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug screen is required.

Apply online at http://www.txbio,ed.org/about/employment.
Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy.
A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status.

Application Instructions

Your resume and application must be provided electronically. Please follow the steps below.

  1. Please read instructions before submitting your application.
  2. PDF forms will need to be completed, saved to your computer and uploaded. Please refer to Step 2 for additional information.
  3. Fill out the online form.
  4. At the conclusion of the application process, you will be asked to attach your PDF files.

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