The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) supports the research programs of the faculty by providing all services associated with the care and use of laboratory animals including the purchasing/receiving, daily care and monitoring of the health of all species and acts as a facility leader. Principal Animal Technician (PAT) duties may cover any species of animal and provide the same basic husbandry duties that would relate to the needs of that species. In addition to all of the duties assignable to a PAT, these individuals perform routine husbandry tasks (changing cages and racks, delivering food and water in accordance to established procedures, maintaining equipment and animal housing areas according to standard operating procedures and federal and state regulations).
The PAT is responsible for providing oversight of limited technical and environmental control activities in distinct animal care areas. The principal technician typically oversees the daily work activities of a group of three or more FTE animal care personnel and will evaluate employee performance with the area supervisor/manager (who conducts the review). The PAT recommends employment and termination decisions of staff. The principal technician is responsible for training staff members and may provide facility trainings to laboratory staff. In addition, the PAT initiates and arranges orders and transfers of animals, supplies and equipment as needed for the specific animal care site. The PAT is also responsible for ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety regulations and reviews all area operations and records and performs other related duties as required.
The PAT may also head projects that require a higher level of technical skill (e.g. design, construct coordinate animal enrichment, breeding and colony management, knowledge of quarantine procedures, administer treatments, and perform paraveterinary procedures). The PAT is responsible for being familiar with and performing technical duties as well as data entry required for the management of mouse breeding colonies and other species as assigned. Technical duties include providing oral or injectable doses, taking temperatures, heart rate, assessing behavior/attitude, animal identification by tattoo/ear notch/ear tag, weaning, euthanasia, blood collection, tissue collection for genotyping, and other duties as assigned. Record keeping duties include maintaining per-diems records, animal health surveillance, feed logs, temperature/humidity charts, animal receipt and disposition logs, submitting daily electronic reports, entering data into a central breeding colony management database, maintaining a project history log, and keeping thorough records to track breeding/pedigree of mice bred if applicable to the assignment. The Principal Animal Technician works with minimal supervision and may be rotated as a floater to various LARC locations to provide technical or back-up assistance on an as needed basis.
Under direction of the Animal Resources Supervisor, the Principal Animal Technician (AT) has experience, training and is capable of performing all duties within the scope of the job description for Assistant Animal Technicians, Animal Technicians, and Senior Animal Technicians. Principal Animal Technicians perform assigned duties in a manner that achieves the LARC mission. Principal Animal Technicians are expected to identify problems, remedy and report them immediately. Principal Animal Technicians must ensure the proper care and use of animals and Principal Animal Technicians must be able to perform some technical procedures required within LARC or to support the research effort.
Please note: This position will involve the ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surface for up to 7 hours/day. Ability to push and pull heavy objects and ability to safely move and or lift heavy loads (up to 50 pounds).
The final salary and offer components are subject to additional approvals based on UC policy.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.