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Germ Free Animal Care Technician, Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 21488

Updated: October 16, 2020

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Synder Institute for Chronic Diseases in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Germ Free Animal Care Technician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

This position reports to the Scientific Director of the International Microbiome Centre (IMC).  

Germ-Free Animal Care Technicians perform routine tasks of moderate complexity in animal husbandry for all areas of the IMC germ-free facility. Performance requirements must strictly follow standard operating procedures and safety standards. Some examples of duties include maintenance of isolators, isocage and experimental systems, preparation of sterile materials, and quality control.  

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Under general supervision & direction of the Director of the IMC, develop and implement techniques and procedures within the guidelines of the research
  • Standard laboratory technique, including:
    • Microbiological sampling techniques, testing and monitoring including making culture media, nucleic acid extraction and stains (Gram stains, etc), genotyping, PCR, qPCR, aerobic and anaerobic culturing, and other protocols as required
  • Provides basic treatment for animals under direction of Germ-free facility director or manager, including injections, blood samples, antibiotics, euthonol, controlled drug administrations, etc.
  • Preparation and importation into isolators of materials required for experimental procedures
  • Standard preparation for supplies, including:preparation of supply drums for autoclaving (food, bedding, water, supplies)
  • Connecting of drums to isolators
  • Keep all material stocks stocked and organized
  • Support research staff with import of research materials
  • Animal Husbandry, including provide animal care for axenic, gnotobiotic and Level II pathogen animal models for all species of laboratory animals used in research, which includes feeding, watering and changing cages following strict germ-free and safety guidelines for prevention of exposure to microbes. Ensure adherence to the legal limit of maximal number of mice per cage according to cage type
  • Monitors and assesses general animal health for axenic, gnotobiotic and Level II pathogen animal models, and reports problems to the Germ-free Director, manager or Supervisors

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor Degree in Science or Animal Health Technology equivalent
  • Two years technical experience working with animal research models and technical knowledge of microbiology would be considered an asset
  • Work experience may include but is not limited to Animal research facility, Veterinary Clinic or other animal care organizations
  • In-depth knowledge of theory, procedures and skills in areas of specialized husbandry and complex technical procedures
  • Attention to detail is crucial in following procedures and standard operating procedures
  • Ability to keep accurate and detailed records is essential
  • High degree of analytical skills is required for carrying out technical procedures with a high impact of error
  • Effective communication skills are required for interacting with and providing advice on technical skills to the team staff members, researchers and other facility users, in person, on the phone and email
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must be open to learning and development, and be willing to accept new challenges and assignments including participation and registration in the CALAS training program will be required or if RLAT designation, continued registration with CALAS

Application Deadline:  October 30, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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